Mayo Clinic Minute: Common myths about epilepsy and kids

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Epilepsy is one of the more common neurologic disorders in children. About 1 in 26 people have epilepsy, and 1 in 10 people will have at least one seizure in their lifetime.

Dr. Anthony Fine, a pediatric neurologist and epileptologist at Mayo Clinic, says even though it’s fairly common in children, there are a few misconceptions when it comes to epilepsy and kids.

Epilepsy can be a challenge to diagnose in children because not all seizures are the same.

There are other types of seizures, such as absent seizures, where a child may blank out for a few seconds or minutes, and then go back to activity.

Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Anthony Fine says, for many children, there are treatments to control seizures.

He says a common misconception is that ADHD medications can cause seizures, and children who have epilepsy and ADHD should avoid them.
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