Doctors are struggling with how to provide necessary care for their patients with epilepsy.
According to a new report, which was released by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the state of California has the worst health care for kids with epilepsy in the country.
The report is based on data collected by the state from January to June, 2016.
According to the study, the average length of stay for children who are diagnosed with epilepsy is less than four weeks, and the median duration of stay is less a week.
In addition, more than half of the patients in the study have an average age of just six months, and half of them have epilepsy, making them among the youngest patients in California.
The state also reported that a staggering 71 percent of children with seizures live in poverty, and that many of the children live in homes with inadequate supplies of beds and other facilities.
The AAP reported that parents and doctors are reluctant to send their children to hospitals, which is why most patients who are treated at a hospital receive emergency care.
“The problem is not limited to the emergency room.
Most children have seizures when they are younger, but they have no options for long-term care, so we don’t see the immediate need for emergency care,” said Dr. Andrew Kolodny, the AAP’s pediatrician.
Kolodny said many children in California have no other choice but to stay in the emergency department.
“We need to be better prepared for the children with serious epilepsy and the fact that most of them don’t have the resources to make it through the emergency and the hospital stays are not that long, and if we’re not prepared, then the children have a harder time,” he said.AAP President Dr. Dawn Hudson said the report was a “wake-up call.”
“Our nation has not had a comprehensive and well-funded public health program to treat children with severe seizures,” she said.
“This report is the first step to finally ending this long wait for treatment and a better life for these children.
It’s time to end this cycle of neglect and neglectful treatment.”