Pediatric Epilepsy

Reducing your child's seizures

If you have a child living with a seizure disorder, you may be worried about how epilepsy will affect his or her progress in school, what will trigger the next seizure, and how it will affect your child's development. At the Pediatric Epilepsy Centers of NewYork-Presbyterian, we pinpoint your child's seizures and what may be triggering them and work with you to tailor an effective plan of care. 

Dedicated pediatric epilepsy monitoring

We use the most advanced EEG and video-EEG technology to pinpoint the location, type, and severity of your child's seizures, as well as brain imaging tests and special electrophysiologic mapping techniques. Our centers have dedicated inpatient epilepsy monitoring units just for children. 

A stepwise approach to managing seizures

We tailor therapy to your child's needs, taking into account other factors — such as lifestyle, stress, sleep habits, and diet — that may trigger your child's seizures. 

  • Medication 
  • Many antiseizure medications are available to treat your child’s epilepsy. If one doesn't work, we will try others until we find a treatment that works. 
  • Nutritional Therapy 
  • Dietary therapies may help control your child’s seizures.  The ketogenic diet is a precisely calculated high-fat, low-carbohydrate, restrictive diet that will require one of our dietitians to work closely with your family to support your child's needs. Less restrictive dietary treatments that may help promote seizure control include the low glycemic index diet and the modified Atkins diet.
  • Epilepsy Surgery 
  • If your child's seizures are not well-controlled despite trying two or three antiseizure medications — and video-EEG monitoring rules out other causes of your child's seizures — surgery may be an option., Our pediatric neurosurgeons pinpoint minuscule targets and safely remove the tiny amount of brain tissue that is responsible for your child’s seizures. 
  • Neuromodulation.
  • Some young patients with seizures are candidates for a therapy called neuromodulation. We implant a small pacemaker-like device called a vagus nerve stimulator under the skin of your child's chest to stimulate the nervous system and reduce the frequency and severity of your child's seizures.

Specialized care for children with other disorders

Some disorders may predispose children to seizures, such as tuberous sclerosis complex, neurofibromatosis, and autism spectrum disorders. If your child has one of these disorders or another genetic disorder that can cause seizures, our dedicated specialists with expertise in these areas are available to provide care.

Transitional care to adulthood

Epilepsy is a lifelong condition and your child’s needs will change as he/she gets older, particularly during the teenage years. We work with teens to help them understand their responsibility for their health and to hear what they have to say about their personal goals. We use this information to tailor therapy and meet their needs at each stage of life as they transition from pediatric to adult care.

Header: Support for your family
We work closely with your family to address your child's needs and assess how they affect your family's dynamic. For school-age children who require longer-term care, staff are available to help children keep up with their educational development.