Child Health Topics


Epilepsy is a chronic neurological conditionExternal Link that is characterized by unprovoked, recurrent seizures that disrupt communication among brain cells. The CDC estimatesExternal Link that 467,711 children in the United States between the ages of 0 and 17 have epilepsy. Seizures and epilepsy have a serious impact on the lives of children; affecting brain development in early childhood and potential educational achievement.

Eliminating seizures while preventing side effects is potentially achievable for many children. However, organized systems of services are not in place to provide timely access to care that could improve the quality of life for children with epilepsy.

How We’re Helping

Through two projects, we have worked to improve access to comprehensive, coordinated healthcare and related services for children and youth with epilepsy.

Resources for Providers and Parents

These resources were developed as part of our work to improve care for children with epilepsy. The teams participating in our projects identified and tested a number of tools that families and providers could use to support quality improvement within systems of care for children with epilepsy.

IOM Report - Epilepsy Across the Spectrum

Epilepsy Across the Spectrum:
Promoting Health and Understanding

This reportExternal Link, published in 2012 by the Institute of Medicine, provides realistic, actionable recommendations to enable short- and long-term improvements for people with epilepsy. To provide information about the number of people who are affected by asthma in the states that are part of the CDC National Asthma Control Program.