The Dayton Children’s neurology department offers neurodiagnostic testing and ongoing care for children who are experiencing seizures.
A seizure is a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain that usually affects how a person feels or acts for a short time. A person who has two or more seizures typically is diagnosed with childhood epilepsy.
Some seizures are not very noticeable, while others are disabling. They may be a symptom of an underlying problem, and can be triggered by many things, such as an illness, head injury and sleep deprivation. Family history also can play a role.
Testing helps neurologists understand the cause of the seizures, identify the type of seizures your child is having, develop a comprehensive treatment plan and monitor your child’s progress.
Every patient is different
Every patient is different, and it can take time to find the right combination of therapies that will be most effective for your child. Pediatric seizure treatment options include:
- Seizure control medication
- Vagal nerve stimulation, a surgical implant that produces weak electrical signals that travel along the vagal nerve to the brain. These signals help prevent the electrical bursts in the brain that cause seizures.
- Ketogenic diet therapy, a high-fat, low-carbohydrate, adequate protein diet that can be used to treat difficult-to-control seizures. Learn more.
These therapies, alone or in combination, are usually effective in helping patients achieve seizure control. But when they don’t, surgery is sometimes an option. Neurosurgeons at Dayton Children’s do not offer pediatric epilepsy surgery, but your neurologist can refer you to specialists at other centers who do. After surgery, your child can return to Dayton Children’s for comprehensive follow-up care.
A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling.
Seizure education classes
The neurology department offers seizure education classes. Please call our outpatient clinic to reserve your spot.
Make a referral
Fax referral forms: 937-641-4500, 24 hours
Toll-free fax: 1-866-891-6941
Hours: 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday