Halloween safety for children with Photosensitivity Epilepsy

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)— Halloween decorations are going up as people get ready for the trick-or-treaters who will soon be knocking at their doors. For those people living with epilepsy though, this time of year can be extra scary.

The Epilepsy Foundation writes that some parents with children who live with photosensitivity are taking steps to reduce the likelihood of seizures including avoiding haunted houses. But Dr. Bill Brown, Medical Director of Pediatric Neurology of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, says that’s really not necessary.

“I think if your child has epilepsy most of your children have had a test called an EEG where we administer strobe lights to see if it can trigger the seizures and in the vast majority of those kids that stimulus does not cause seizures,” he explained.

In fact, Dr. Brown says he tries not to put those kinds of restrictions on patients. He adds the most common triggers include video games and t–v. Still, he adds the chances of those leading to a seizure are also extremely low.

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