If your child has
epilepsy, there are many ways to lower his or her risk
of injury and avoid embarrassment sometimes caused by seizures:
Use waterproof pads on
cribs and beds, and use padded side rails on your older child's bed. But don't use bumper pads or other products that attach to crib sides or slats. They could trap or suffocate your baby.
Use car seats and seat belts, and have your child
wear a helmet when biking, skiing, or skating.
Do not let your
child swim alone.
If you have a young child, do not leave him or
her alone in the bathtub. Older children with epilepsy should take showers
instead of baths.
Tell your child's teachers and sports coaches
that your child has epilepsy, and tell them what to do if he or she has a
seizure at school or during practice.
Your child may have to take
medicine during school hours. If you can, keep a supply of medicine with the
school nurse and another supply at home. Setting up a schedule that lets your
child take the medicine at lunch, recess, or during class breaks may make it
easier for the child.
Have your child wear a
medical identification bracelet (such as MedicAlert). A medical ID bracelet will
help doctors and other people know that your child has epilepsy. It can also
list any medicines your child is taking.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSteven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology