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    Seizure Safety and Prevention

    Simple measures can prevent head injuries during epileptic seizures. These include:

    • Wearing seatbelts while driving; however, all states have laws that do not allow you to drive unless you have been seizure-free for a period of time.
    • Wearing bicycle helmets
    • Putting children in car seats
    • Taking your medication

    Taking epilepsy medication after a first or second or febrile seizure may also help prevent recurrent seizures.

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    Common Epilepsy Causes and Seizure Triggers

    Epilepsy is a general term for the tendency to have seizures. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed only after a person has had more than one seizure. When identifiable, the causes of epilepsy usually involve some form of injury to the brain. For most people, though, epilepsy's causes aren't known.

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    Even if you have not experienced a seizure, it's important to treat other disorders, such as high blood pressure or infections which may have an effect on the brain and lead to seizures.

    Pregnant women should be sure to get good prenatal care to help prevent brain damage in the fetus that could lead to epilepsy.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on January 13, 2017

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