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leading care at the level 3 epilepsy center

NAEC Level 3 Epilepsy Center

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 can also 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.

regions only level 3 epilepsy center

The National Association of Epilepsy Centers redesignated Dayton Children’s pediatric neurology team as a Level 3 Epilepsy Center. That means that Dayton Children’s has the professional expertise and facilities to provide the highest level medical evaluation and treatment for patients with complex epilepsy.

Dayton Children’s is one of only 160 designated epilepsy centers in the United States and the only one in the region. Each year, Dayton Children's cares for more than 2,500 epilepsy patients.


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.

what to do during a seizure

  • Allow the seizure (shaking) to happen– do not hold down the person seizing
  • Do not move the seizing person unless they are in danger
  • Leave a clear space around them, loosen their collar if needed, and put something soft under their head
  • Do not put anything in their mouth– they will not swallow their tongue
  • Give seizure medication as ordered (if applicable)

once the seizure has stopped…

  • Roll the person onto their side into the "recovery position"
  • Check to be sure that they are breathing normally
  • Speak gently and calmly to them
  • Please stay with them until they recover– they may be very tired or confused for a while

please call 911 if the seizing person…

  • Has an injury during the seizure
  • Has trouble breathing after the seizure
  • Seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or the medication does not stop the seizure
  • Has another seizure without recovering

first seizure clinic

Dayton Children’s first seizure clinic treats patients with new onset convulsive seizures.

All new patients will be seen by a neurologist along with a nurse practitioner and have their EEG completed the same day.

Before your arrival, please fill out this seizure questionnaire.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah MacDonald at or 937-641-3497.

seizure resources

DVD available ($3.00): Understanding and Assisting People with Epilepsy. This is an excellent resource. Three renowned neurologists and everyday people with epilepsy share what epilepsy is, as well as information on different types of seizures what to do if someone is having a seizure, and what not to do, when to call for emergency services, and what it is like to have epilepsy.

This video can be viewed on YouTube.

Epilepsy Foundation of Western Ohio (Dayton Area Chapter)
11 West Monument, Suite 101
Dayton, OH 45402

Like them on Facebook:

Join their Facebook group: “Parents of Children with Seizures & Epilepsy”

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

For rescue medications:

Diastat Acudial:

Intranasal Versed:

contact us appointments

The neurology department welcomes phone calls to 937- 641-3080 during our normal business hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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 937-641-4000.