Mother’s Day is May 12th – Tips for Mothers of Children with Epilepsy
Mother’s Day is May 12th and the BC Epilepsy Society wanted to wish a Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there who have children with epilepsy!
As we all know, epilepsy doesn’t just affect the person who has it and it also has an impact on other members of a family unit, including their mothers. If you are a mother of a child with epilepsy, check out some helpful tips below:
Learning as Much as You Can:
- After a child has been diagnosed with epilepsy, some mothers can experience disbelief, fear or anxiety, which is totally normal
- Check out our FAQs about Epilepsy, our Epilepsy Fact Sheet or our Information Sheets to help you increase your knowledge of epilepsy
Caring for Your Child:
- As a mother, not only do you have to witness your child dealing with a serious medical condition, you also must help to care for them during a time that is trying for the entire family
- Check out our information sheet entitled Providing Child Care to a Children with Epilepsy and an educational booklet entitled Epilepsy: A Guide for Parents for more details
- The stigma that someone with epilepsy experiences can have a negative impact not just on themselves but on others in their lives, including family members
- Check out the I AM A VOICE for Epilepsy Awareness campaign, which is a BC Epilepsy Society initiative designed to help people become more aware of epilepsy and reduce stigma
- You can also check out our Partners in Teaching program for more information on the presentations we provide to school staff and school students to help reduce stigma and create a safe and supportive environment for students with epilepsy
- As epilepsy can be a very isolating condition, it is important seek out support, share your experiences and get help from others going through similar situations
- Check out our BC Epilepsy Parents Network (BCEPN) support group for parents of children with epilepsy
- Check out our Epilepsy Friends Forever (EFF) friendship groups for children, youth and adolescents with epilepsy
We hope that this information is useful for all mothers of children with epilepsy!
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! For our Mother's Day article on mothers living with epilepsy, please click here.