Embarrassing Bodies Kids: Episode 3

Living with epilepsy

This week’s ‘Living With’ strand follows the Williams family, whose eight year old son Bailey has epilepsy. Bailey can have up to 200 seizures a day. Seizures are an electrical discharge in brain, which may be caused by illness or brain damage, but in many cases the cause is unknown. The Williams family have taken many precautions to control Bailey’s seizures; he wears a helmet to protect his head from drop seizures, is on medication, and his bed is fitted with pressure pads that set off an alarm if Bailey has more than seven seconds of movement. Unfortunately there is no cure, but medication is frequently changed to ensure the best control over the disease.

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Daisy Garland Charity

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My son was diagnosed with epilepsy 18 months ago at age 2½ years. His seizures were resistant to any kind of medication and some medication actually increased the number of seizures especially the drop seizures. He has been on the ketogenic diet for 15 months and has had periods of 3-4 weeks of being seizure free or having between just 2-8 drops a day. He is only on the ketogenic diet and does not take any medication at all. The Matthews Friends website (http://www.matthewsfriends.org)is dedicated entirely to the ketogenic diet and is packed full of information and help. My son is now living a normal life just like any other 4 year old, thanks to the ketogenic diet and his 'magic' food.





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If Bailey's parents read this and aren't aware of a treatment called the Ketogenic Diet check it out along with a film called, First do no Harm. The treatment has substantially reduced seizures and in many cases cured the illness. There's a lot of information on the web and a centre that specialises in the treatment, it's worth a look





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