Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting children. As a chronic disease, it affects not only the child but also the entire family. The attitudes towards the children suffering from epilepsy and the skills required to deal with acute seizures are influenced by the level of knowledge the parents have about that disease.
To evaluate the knowledge, attitudes, and skills toward epilepsy among parents of children diagnosed with epilepsy in comparison to parents of children without epilepsy.
Data collected through a structured questionnaire that was designed, translated into Arabic, and analyzed statistically in a cross-sectional study for a total of 534 Egyptian parents as two groups, group I (n = 223) consist of parents with children with epilepsy and group II (n = 311) of parents with children without epilepsy. Parents with children with epilepsy were recruited from the Paediatric Neurology Outpatient Clinic of Alexandria University Children’s Hospital (AUCH). Parents with children without epilepsy were recruited from other outpatient clinics or wards of AUCH.
This study showed a poor knowledge score percentage of (89.7 %) among parents with children with epilepsy and (83.3 %) among parents with children without epilepsy. The difference between both groups was statistically significant with fewer knowledge scores among parents of children with epilepsy. Parents of both groups showed a negative attitude score percentage; (69.5 %) of group I and (62.7 %) of group II. The difference between both groups was statistically significant with a more negative attitude score percentage among parents with children without epilepsy. Parents of both groups had poor practice score percentage of (66.8 %) of group I and (74.3 %) of group II having poor practice skills needed for emergency management of acute seizures. A high level of education was significantly associated with fair knowledge score percentage and positive attitude score percentage.
Poor knowledge, negative attitudes, and poor skills required for the management of acute seizures were found among both parents of children with epilepsy and those with children without epilepsy. Educational programs are needed to eliminate all the misconceptions and myths and to change attitudes of the Egyptian parents towards epilepsy.

Copyright © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.