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MINCEP® Patient Care Services for Children and Teenagers
MINCEP treats children from school-age through adolescence. We recognize that not all children have the same needs.
Children With Ordinary Cases Of Epilepsy
Parents don't need to be reminded that even one seizure is a frightening experience and leaves a sense of insecurity that may last for years. Even if a child who has had only one seizure, it is important to know what kind of seizure it was, what the syndrome is, what the cause is, what is likely to happen to them as they go through life, and to have help in making plans for school, for jobs, and for driving. While ordinary cases of epilepsy respond to ordinary doses of ordinary medications, the proper treatment of epilepsy involves much more. Both parents and child need to be able to understand the implication of seizures and how they can manage their life going forward. MINCEP can help children and families adapt well to living with epilepsy.
Children With Very Severe Seizure Disorders
MINCEP has an international reputation for treating children that have not responded to treatment even from outstanding pediatric neurologists and other epilepsy centers. Often, these children have brain damage that causes other handicaps as well. MINCEP brings the very best of modern scientific knowledge to bear on diagnosis and treatment. Working closely with a pediatric rehabilitation hospital, schools, and other appropriate agencies, MINCEP helps parents cope with the challenges that their children face and helps these children maximize the quality of their life. MINCEP has used the ketogenic diet successfully for decades.
Services For Teenagers
While the medical issues facing teenagers with seizures are not all that different from those facing older children and young adults, the educational, psychological and social issues are particularly critical. We have learned that if children have their seizures brought under control before they begin to date and go through driver's education, their adolescence is much more normal and their personalities can fully blossom. A child with uncontrolled seizures in adolescence inevitably feels different and requires particular kinds of support as they learn to become an independent human being. At the same time that we are bringing to bear the best medical treatment to stop seizures, we actively work with teenagers to help them deal with the particular stresses of being different, dating, sexuality, driving, and the need for developing independence.