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Epilepsy guidelines and pathways for children and young people

This guideline has been developed as part of a quality improvement project for childhood epilepsy. It is a collaborative effort from the Ministry of Health National Service Improvement Programme for Epilepsy, the Paediatric Society's Paediatric Neurology Clinical Network and the New Zealand League Against Epilepsy (NZLAE). Access the guideline here  or click on the image below.

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Information for patients and families

Click on the links below to open the pdf documents

  1.  Anti-Epileptic Drug Information Sheet 
    This information sheet provides an overview of anti-epileptic drugs and how they work.

    For individual drug information, please see the links below:
     Sodium Valproate 
  2.  EEG Information Sheet
  3.  Epilepsy and Seizures in Children
    Includes information on the different types of seizures and what to do if your child/young person has a seizure
  4.  Living with Epilepsy in your Family 
    Information for families on day to day management of a child/young person with epilepsy
  5.  MRI Information Sheet
  6.  My child has had a seizure
    This information is for families whose child has had a first seizure, and contains information on what to do if they have any others.
  7. The KidsHealth website has information on epilepsy for families (

Information for health professionals

  1.  Childhood Epilepsy Education Checklist
    For health professionals providing epilepsy education to families and children/young people
  2. Epilepsy Passport
    Designed to be filled out by health professionals in conjunction with families, to provide up-to-date information about their child/young person's epileptic condition including medical management and emergency care. 

The New Zealand Paediatric Neurology Clinical Network endorses the following resources on Pregnancy and Sodium Valproate:

Important note: In patients with epilepsy, do not withdraw or make a change to their anti-epileptic medication without discussion with a neurologist or paediatrician, as this carries a substantial risk for mother and baby.

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