New Moms With Epilepsy
Tips for Keeping Your Baby Safe
If you have the kinds of seizures where you fall or lose awareness, there are some things you should think about.
When you carry your baby:
- Use a baby carrier or sling.
- If you are worried about falls, use an umbrella stroller in the house instead of carrying the baby in your arms.
- Do not carry your baby when cooking or ironing.
When you feed your baby:
- Sit in a comfortable chair, on the bed, or on the floor. Do not feed the baby while standing up.
- If you are bottle-feeding, don't carry the baby with you to the kitchen to prepare a bottle. Instead, leave the baby in the crib or playpen.
- With an older baby, make sure he or she is firmly strapped into the high chair or booster seat.
When changing or bathing your baby:
- If your seizures are not completely controlled, don't bathe your baby in the tub by yourself. Wait until someone is with you. If you are alone, give the baby a sponge bath instead.
- The safest place to change your baby is on a changing pad on the floor. If you use a changing table, be sure to strap the baby on the table securely.
- Keep plenty of diapers and other supplies on every floor of your house, so you will not have to climb stairs as often.
Baby Proofing Your Home
All families are told to "baby proof" their homes when a new baby arrives. This means getting on the floor at a child's level and looking for things that might be dangerous, like dangling blind cords and exposed electrical outlets. This safety drill is even more important when you have epilepsy. It will help ensure that your baby or toddler is safe if you have a seizure while you are alone. You might also want to create an enclosed "play area" for the two of you so you won't have to worry about your child wandering off if you have a seizure.
"Women who are having active seizures have to be much more careful about their own health and safety, and the health and safety of their baby," says French.