My child has a fever, and I am worried they may have COVID-19 and will have more seizures. What should I do?
Any viral illness can be a trigger for seizures in some individuals. Make sure that your emergency seizure plan is up-to-date, and if it includes emergency seizure medication, please ensure these are available with an expiration date at least two months away. Also, refer to the resources listed below for further information. Consult your pediatrician ASAP for appropriate evaluation for the fever.
My child is having more seizures than is typical for them. What should I do?
If your child is having frequent seizures and not returning to normal in between seizures, give your child their emergency seizure medication if available, or call 911. If they are returning to normal in between seizures, contact the Neurology office in the morning.
Since my child has epilepsy, is she/he more likely to contract COVID-19?
Children with epilepsy are not at higher risk but some conditions associated with epilepsy maybe at higher risk of severe Covid-19. More specifically, the CDC has issued guidelines stating that individuals with certain disabilities such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities and developmental disabilities may be at increased risk of a more serious COVID-19 infection. Some medications used to treat seizures may affect the immune system (ACTH, steroids, immunotherapy) and may lessen the body’s ability to fight infection. If your child is taking these medications, please discuss this with your neurologist.
How can I prepare to stay at home with my child with epilepsy for an extended period of time?
Talk to your neurologist about getting extra supplies of your seizure medication. If you need a new prescription in the next few weeks, request it early so you don’t run out. Also, consider discussing home delivery options with your pharmacy to minimize public exposure. Stay in touch with family and friends who can check on you if needed.
My child’s seizures are controlled. Do I need to keep the EEG/clinic appointment?
The benefits of the appointments outweigh the risks of coming to the clinic appointment or EEG testing. We ask the appointment be rescheduled if you or your child is ill with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19. Some telemedicine options may be available for clinic visits.
Is there anything I need to do to protect my child from COVID-19?
Your child should observe the same precautions as everyone else to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
- Vaccination and boosters against COVID-19 are the best protection from severe illness. If your child is eligible for these were recommend they get them and remain up to date on their immunizations.
- Wear a mask when in contact with others.
- Clean hands often using soap and water or hand sanitizer.
- Avoid people who are sick (fever and coughing).
- Clean and disinfect daily in household common areas which are frequently touched (e.g., tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks).
- Launder items from an ill person separately from other people’s items.
Is it OK for my child to wear a mask?
Yes. Masks do not put your child at risk for having a seizure. In the event your child is wearing a mask at the time they have a seizure we recommend that the mask be removed as part of caring for the seizure.