Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report | MMWR |

Seizures in Children and Adolescents Aged 6–17 Years — United States, 2010–2014

 

Seizures affect nearly 1 in 100 children. It is important to educate new parents and school personnel about the risk of seizures and how to recognize them. Parents and schools should connect families of children with seizures to health and social services providers. Data from the 2010-2014 National Health Interview Survey indicate that seizures, a short change in normal brain activity, affect 336,000 or 0.7 percent of US children and adolescents aged 6–17 years. Compared to children and adolescents without seizures, those with seizures were more likely to have co-occurring conditions, live in families at lower income levels, and have unmet social and health care needs. Public health agencies can work with other health and human service agencies to raise awareness about seizures in children (e.g., educate parents and school personnel), implement strategies to prevent known causes and risk factors for seizures (e.g., head injuries), and link children with seizures to appropriate clinical and community providers.

 

Statistics Highlights:

 

REPORTED CO-OCCURING CONDITION

 

   CHILDREN WITH SEIZURES

 

CHILDREN WITHOUT SEIZURES

 

Learning Disabilities 43.7% 8.2%
Intellectual Disability 22.9% 1.0%
ADHD/ADD 19.3% 10.3%
Headaches/Migraines 23.7% 7.0%
Stuttering/Stammering 11.6% 1.6%

 


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