Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by the presence of recurrent or repeated seizures or a tendency to have recurrent seizures. If your child is living with epilepsy, you may be worried about how it will affect their progress in school, what will trigger the next seizure, medical complications of having epilepsy and how epilepsy may affect your child's development. For children with epilepsy, timely and accurate diagnosis in combination with effective treatment can be life-changing.
While many children with epilepsy will thrive despite their diagnosis, for some children epilepsy can significantly impair their medical health, academic performance and psychological and social development. NewYork-Presbyterian’s Pediatric Epilepsy Program offers a multidisciplinary team of specialists that bring innovative and comprehensive care to children with epilepsy. The goal of this team is to provide prompt and accurate evaluation of children with epilepsy and and devise an effective treatment plan that addresses these problems early. Regardless of whether a child has been newly diagnosed or has a history of hard to manage epilepsy, comprehensive epilepsy care that provides seizure freedom has been shown to change a child’s outcome.
About Our Program
The NewYork-Presbyterian Epilepsy Centers, operating across NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital and NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital, are among the most active programs on the East Coast and are major referral centers for the treatment of children with hard-to-control seizures. We are distinguished by a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach and excellent success in the use of innovative approaches to minimize the impact of seizures on a child’s development and well-being.
We take a stepwise approach to managing seizures, tailoring therapy to the unique needs of your child that take into account other factors — such as other medical diagnoses, lifestyle, stress, sleep habits, and diet — that may trigger your child's seizures. Our goal is to offer the most advanced treatments at the appropriate time to give children the best opportunity for seizure freedom and long term success.
Our patients range in age from newborn to young adults. While our specialists work with you and your child to build the skills needed for them to navigate their condition and advocate for their own healthcare needs as they get older, we also work with our adult epilepsy colleagues to ensure that young adult patients can transition seamlessly into NewYork-Presbyterian’s renowned adult epilepsy care programs if needed.