Babies: Neurology

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 1st December 2020.

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Photo of Lisa Nandy Lisa Nandy Shadow Foreign Secretary

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to improve awareness among (a) healthcare professionals and (b) the general public of the symptoms of infantile spasms.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

In February 2020, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) updated the clinical guideline Epilepsies: diagnosis and management, originally published January 2012, which covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in children, young people and adults. It offers best practice advice on identifying and managing epilepsy to improve heath outcomes so that people with epilepsy can fully participate in daily life, and is designed to support children, young people and adults with epilepsy; as well as healthcare professionals. The guideline can be found at the following link:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg137

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