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Tips for Parents of Children With Epilepsy

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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 sleep positioners, 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.

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Current as of: March 28, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: John Pope MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Steven C. Schachter MD - Neurology

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