How does your favourite child’s epileptic seizure make you feel?

If you think your child’s seizure is a good thing, there’s a good chance you’re right.

The new study from the National Institutes of Health shows that children who suffer seizures are happier and healthier than children who don’t.

Children with epilepsy have a 20 per cent lower risk of dying from any cause, and children with the condition have a 17 per cent higher chance of developing cancer, according to the study.

Researchers found that children with epilepsy who were diagnosed with the disorder had a 20 to 30 per cent chance of surviving five years after the diagnosis, compared to children who didn’t have epilepsy.

It was also found that kids with epilepsy were less likely to be diagnosed with cancer, had less life expectancy and suffered more serious adverse health outcomes than children without epilepsy.

The study was published in the Journal of Neurology & Neurosurgery.

This article first appeared on New Scientist.