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Many people around the world are wondering if Epilepsy is genetic. Here we’re going to discuss this in detail. It’s not uncommon for people to be curious about this during their child rearing years. The last thing a potential parent wants to do is pass on their health issue to their offspring. We’ll also discuss the likelihood of doing just that. Understanding the facts goes a long way in helping to uncover the myths surrounding this condition.
Epilepsy can be passed down from generation to generation. That doesn’t mean a person’s children are guaranteed to have it. It simply means that their likelihood of having Epilepsy increases. This is true if the father of the child has Epilepsy. It should be noted that if the mother has Epilepsy, the likelihood of the child having Epilepsy is slightly higher. A woman should question the medicated she is taking, whether there is a chance of that effecting her baby. I have recently learned about Foetal Anti -Convulsant Syndrome. FACS occurs when an anti-convulsant drug, such as Epilim, is taken by a mother during pregnancy. It crosses the placenta and through the developing fetus. But, once again, not all woman on these medications will have a child effected by FACS.
I don’t think Epilepsy should prevent a couple from considering starting a family. But, everyone’s case is different and health professionals can give advice. It should also be noted that a sibling is at higher risk of Epilepsy if their brother or sister has it. With this said, the risk is still fairly low. While it’s definitely higher than in the general population, the risk is minimal and shouldn’t stop anyone from considering expanding their family.
You should also note that Epilepsy is not contagious. You can’t pass on Epilepsy through a hug or a cough. No one should ever be concerned about contracting Epilepsy from someone else. It simply isn’t possible and any concern is based on irrational thoughts.
Epilepsy can also be caused by brain trauma. If this is the cause of Epilepsy, then it’s not genetic and therefore can’t be passed on. This is a common form of Epilepsy. Any traumatic head injury can be the catalyst for Epilepsy. Those who repeatedly have their head hit are at higher risk of developing Epilepsy. Head protection when riding a bike, or playing some sports is a must.
Never lose sight of the fact that Epilepsy and seizures can be treated. While this is a serious condition, millions of people around the world live productive lives with it. Always make sure to take your medication as prescribed. A close relationship with your doctor is a must when having this condition. It’s the best way to make sure that it’s under control. You’ll also be able to bring up any concerns you may have in regards to passing it on to your children.
I have a 6 year old son and a four year old daughter. Being a Stay At Home Dad, I am responsible for them most of the time. We have now reached a stage where my son understands my Epilepsy and knows what steps to take if I have a complex partial seizure.
I developed my Epilepsy during Puberty. No one in my family has Epilepsy. All tests ( MRI & EEG ) I have ever had have never shown any reason for it, so I wonder why. We all wish for the best health for our family. I do think of my children developing Epilepsy. Lets hope for the best.
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