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Seizures And Epilepsy In Childhood: A Guide For Parents

The award-winning Seizures and Epilepsy in Childhood has already become the standard resource for parents in need of comprehensive medical information about their child with epilepsy. Now this highly praised book has been thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the latest approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in childhood, including the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for children who either do not respond to traditional drug therapy or who suffer intolerable side effects from medications. In addition to providing up-to-date information about new diagnostic techniques, as well as drugs, diet, and surgical treatments, the authors have included a new chapter addressing the special needs of children with epilepsy regarding routine health care. And as they did in the book's first edition, the authors encourage children with epilepsy to actively participate in school activities and sports, and stress the importance of helping children with seizures and epilepsy to live as normal a life as possible. Praise for the first edition, winner of the 1991 Epilepsy Foundation of America's National Book Award"I have wanted a book like this for a long time. To my knowledge, this is the first book combining complete scientific accuracy with a caregiver's compassion and understanding."--James A. Autry, former chairman of the board, Epilepsy Foundation of America"Optimistic in tone and broad in scope, this is a book for the parent who has a lot of detailed questions."--National Spokesman"The book is rich in substance and detail. There is a warm, compassionate tone. At the same time, there are no-nonsense facts and figures."--Humane Medicine

Series: Johns Hopkins Health Book.

Paperback: 320 pages

Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press; 2nd edition (January 15, 1997)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0801854989

ISBN-13: 978-0801854989

Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9.5 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

Best Sellers Rank: #2,522,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #34 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Children's Health > Epilepsy #284 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Diseases & Physical Ailments > Epilepsy #1527 in Books > Health, Fitness & Dieting > Diseases & Physical Ailments > Nervous System

I'll never forget how terrified I was when my son had his first seizure. I was sure he was going to die, and even his coming out of it just fine and his doctor's positive prognosis did not take away that sense of dread. This book did. Remarkably reader-friendly for a medical book, it really does tell you everything you wanted to know about seizures and seizure disorders, and does it in the most reassuring and calming way imaginable. A wonderful resource.

After hours of internet searching and bookstore browsing with not a whole lot of usable results, finding this book was great. It is clearly written, easy to understand, and covers all of the different causes for seizures, as well as medications and some discussion of the physiology of seizures. I am ordering another copy for my daughter's preschool teachers, who want to be as educated as they can be so that they are prepared for potential seizures at school.

This book contains the answers to most, if not all, of your questions regarding how seizures and epilepsy will affect your child and family. It will also help you know which questions to ask your child's physicians. It is a most complete work. In five sections it describes why seizures occur, diagnosing, treating, coping, and living with epilepsy. Please do yourself a great favor and purchase this book. It is written in language a parent will understand without previous medical knowledge and also it is written with compassion and optimism. I have recommended this book to my family and friends who wish to understand more of how epilepsy is affecting my son's life. You won't be disappointed, buy it today!

Dr. Freeman has written an excellent reference for parents. It explains diagnostic procedures, types of seizures and medications. It also describes many scenarios that parents face. Any parent of an epileptic child should read it.

I can't begin to describe the grief and fear and utter isolation I felt when my daughter had her second seizure. I remembered that knowledge is power, and I needed to feel powerful. This book gave that to me and so much more! Suddenly terms made sense and I wasn't alone anymore. The section on family coping is amazing: it's as though the authors have reached inside your mind and put down every emotion you've gone through and some that are yet to come. There are case examples throughout that are uplifting, and yes, sometimes a little frightening, but very helpful to read and very enlightening. Most importantly, the book is positive throughout without minimizing what you're dealing with. My only complaint(and this goes for all books, websites, etc) is the use of percentages to illustrate how uncommon different seizure types are, or how many kids outgrow, etc. We already know our kids beat the odds, we don't need to be reminded, and frankly those numbers that in the beginning were a comfort, now are depressing. Again, if a child in your family has seizures, YOU MUST HAVE THIS BOOK!!!

This is the tell-all know-all for parents that have children with epilepsy. An excellent source for the parents. Very informative and to the point.

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