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Posted by Joy on December 03, 1999 at 15:30:36:

In Reply to: "Rolandic Epilepsy" posted by Sherry Kissinger on December 02, 1999 at 18:02:24:

: My 7yr old daughter had a first time seizure about 1 month ago. The Ped. Neurologist said it was a childhood kind called "Rolandic", and that she would out grow it. He did not prescribe any med, since she has only had one. He said that over in Europe the drs. don't prescribe med., for this type of Epilepsy. We do not want her to go on med., if there is a natural alternative. Anyone who has a child with Rolandic Epilepsy? Have you tried any natural alternatives?
Sherry, take heart! Rolandic Seizures are quite benign. My 13 year old son had them from age 4 to about 9 or 10, sometimes only 1-2 a year, sometimes 6-8 a year, always when he was in bed, about 4 or 5 a.m. We CHOSE not to medicate him, although our pediatric neurologist recommended it, but he did accept our decision when he admitted honestly that the Rolandic seizure would not cause any brain damage, it was unlikely he would have one while awake, and the medicines DO have side effects. He outgrew them with no ill effects whatsoever. We came to see Luke's seizures as part of who Luke is, and were able to remain calm and confident in our decision. You did not mention what your child's seizure was like--I know that Luke's first few were very "minor," just his lip twitching basically. They did progress to grand mal-type seizures but even then we did not medicate. Please e-mail me with any questions or for support. Good luck!

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