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Information for parents of children with epilepsy

These pages are about children with epilepsy in the UK. If you are looking for information about children with epilepsy in another country, please contact your local epilepsy organisation.

In the UK, around one in every 240 children under the age of 16 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. Some of them will be babies, and some will be teenagers, with many others in between. And some children will have epilepsy as well as other conditions, including an epilepsy syndrome, learning disabilities, or an autistic spectrum disorder.

If you are caring for a child with epilepsy, the information in this section is for you.

Visit our section for young people.

Or visit our site for children with epilepsy:
Go to our website for kids with epilepsy


Epilepsy Action would like to thank Dr Amanda Freeman, consultant paediatrician at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, UK for her contribution to this information.

Dr Amanda Freeman has no conflict of interest to declare.

This information has been produced under the terms of The Information Standard.

  • Updated September 2016
    To be reviewed September 2019

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A very useful page and lots of links for both children and parents. Many years' ago when we were children the information was not available! This is a great change for parents.

Submitted by Lesley Donnelly on

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