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Children With Epilepsy Need an Emergency Plan for School

Lara C. Pullen, PhD Medscape Medical News


Children with epilepsy should have a plan in place at school for how best to respond to medical emergencies. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released guidance suggesting prescribing providers, families, and schools collaborate develop such plans detailing the use of seizure rescue medications.

Adam L. Hartman, MD, from Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, and colleagues published their recommendations online December 28 in Pediatrics. "This paper is an effort to assist pediatricians, and possibly school districts, in designing advance planning to secure the safety of children and adolescents with epilepsy so they can participate in virtually all school activities to their full potential in a safe fashion," coauthor Cynthia Di Laura Devore, MD, a pediatrician in Fairport, New York, told Medscape Medical News.