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Pediatric Epileptology

Baylor Scott & White McLane Niños

Specializing in the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy in children

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder affecting the electrical activities within the brain, and is diagnosed if the child has two or more unprovoked seizures. An unprovoked seizure is one where there is no immediate cause connected to the seizures, such as low blood glucose, exposure to toxins, immediate effect of a trauma, or fever in young children.

Children with epilepsy have special needs because their brains and nervous systems are actively developing. At Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s our epileptologists work with pediatric neurologists and other specialties to provide proper care and treatment for newborns to teenagers.

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Conditions we treat
An epileptologist is primarily focused on treating children with epilepsy, although they are trained in other neurological disorders as well.
Epilepsy
Children with epilepsy have abnormal electrical activity in their brain. This can cause repeated seizures that often occur with no warning. Some people call these seizures "fits" or "spells" where the child may shake or jerk uncontrollably. There is a spectrum of severity of epilepsy, and pediatric epileptologists treat mild to severe cases.
Intractable or Refractory Epilepsy
If a child has epilepsy, it is common to use medications to control the onset of seizures. However, if the child has tried two or more medications without success, it is a more serious case of epilepsy, called intractable epilepsy. A pediatric epileptologist is trained to work with the child to analyze factors such as altering diet, analyzing triggers, or proposing surgery to improve the child’s condition.

Our treatment approach

At Baylor Scott & White McLane Children’s, we treat all forms of pediatric epilepsy. We can recommend the ketogenic diet, a specialized therapy for epileptics resistant to standard epilepsy medications. We also offer, in conjunction with pediatric neurosurgery, an implantation of the Vagal Nerve Stimulator, a device to assist in control of medically refractory epilepsy.

We are involved with other members of the Scott & White Epilepsy Center and Department of Pediatrics in research involving  new medical therapies for neonatal and childhood seizures.

Our pediatric epileptology team is committed to providing the best care to your child, often following epilepsy until adulthood. We work in collaboration with other pediatric specialists to develop the best diagnostic and treatment plan for your child.

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