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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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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.

 

 

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Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on July 15, 2014
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