Tawam's Pediatric Neurology Division hosts third Children Epilepsy Support Group meeting
- United Arab Emirates: Saturday, September 29 - 2012 at 16:37
- PRESS RELEASE
Tawam Hospital, in affiliation with Johns Hopkins Medicine, last week hosted its third Children Epilepsy Support Group meeting at Ayla hotel in Al Ain. The meeting was organized by Tawam's Pediatric Neurology Division for parents to comfortably talk with each other, as well as with Tawam's specialists, on the concerns and issues facing families with epileptic children.
During the meeting, different methods of therapies were discussed, including non-pharmacological epilepsy treatment offered at Tawam such as, Ketogenic diet, Vagus Nerve Simulation 'VNS', and surgery.
Parents, whose children suffer from intractable seizures or need frequent adjusting of drug dosages, have requested an effective and direct access with doctors to discuss urgent issues.
As part of its commitment to its patients, Tawam has set up a special email address which will be linked directly to physicians. In addition, Tawam Hospital will launch a dedicated website this November, which will give parents and patients access to information and support.
Dr Mohamed Elhadi Al-Malik, Consultant Child Neurologist at Tawam Hospital, stated that fever, emotional stress, irregular taking of medications, head injuries, and female menstrual periods can trigger epilepsy seizures.
"Epilepsy has no cure but seizures can be successfully controlled," he said. "When a seizure occurs, the first step parents need to do is remain calm. Parents are also advised to remove any sharp objects surrounding the patient. Additionally, to help the person breathe, clothes must be loosened around the neck area and a soft object must be placed under his/her head. The patient should also be turned to his/her side to keep air passage clear and remained in this position until the seizure is over. When the patient's consciousness is back, reassure clam him/her and if convulsing continues, the patient must be taken to the Emergency Department," he concluded.
He added, "Tawam support groups have become increasingly popular with more parents attending each year. Support groups are a great way for parents to get together and share personal experiences and offer moral support to each other. They give parents a sense of empowerment and control as well as useful information to help them overcome any issue without isolation and judgment."
Tawam Hospital is part of the Seha Health System owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (Seha) which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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