Diagnosis and Treatments

American Family Children's Hospital pediatric epilepsy specialists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of children with epilepsy. We see children from diagnosis through treatment, and we also provide second opinion consultations and work with your local health care provider to ensure that your child receives the best possible care. In addition to seeing patients, we provide consultation and serve as a resource to physicians from all over the country.


If a child has had two or more seizures, a doctor should prescribe an anti-seizure medication and refer your child to our team for additional testing for epilepsy.


The majority of children diagnosed with epilepsy will have their seizures successfully controlled with medication. In some cases, care can be provided by your child's pediatrician or by another healthcare professional who is comfortable prescribing anti-seizure medication.


Each seizure medication works 60-70 percent of the time, so you may need to try different medications to find the one that works for your child.


If a third medication is unsuccessful ask your child's physician for a referral to see one of the pediatric epilepsy specialists at American Family Children's Hospital. At this point, your child is considered medically refractory, and the chance that another medication will stop seizures is only about 5-10%. 


If your child does not respond to medication, we will work with you to determine other options. These may include: