Myths Surrounding Epilepsy In Women And Children In India
A person with epilepsy can have a successful married life.
A person with epilepsy can have a successful married life
Marriage and Epilepsy
A person with epilepsy can have a successful married life. There are many family members who have previously had epilepsy during their childhood but now, are living a normal married life. In our society, there is a fear of rejection of marriage proposal on disclosure of the disorder. But research on this condition has concluded that it’s better to disclose it if a person has this disorder prior to their marriage. Contrary to popular belief, the chances of having a normal, healthy and successful pregnancy is more than 90%, without any effect on the baby.
Epilepsy in Children
A child who has epileptic seizures is otherwise a normal child and should be allowed to have a normal childhood like any other. In fact, discrimination and restrictions are more likely to affect the child’s personality. With safety measures in place, playing games for a child is healthy. In a child with epilepsy, swimming is not an absolute contraindication. It requires special safety parameters especially individualized monitoring. If a family member continuously monitors the child, then swimming should not be a cause of worry. There are many historians including Alfred Nobel, Julius Cesar, Naepolian, and many sports legends like Leander Paes who have had epilepsy. There are also doctors, leaders, bankers and lawyers who have had epilepsy but have manged their seizures and have come out of it.
(Dr. Atmaram Bansal is a Senior Consultant, Neurosciences, Medanta - The Medicity)