Being safe is important. Learn how to make your surroundings safer to prevent injury if a seizure occurs. Teach others what to do if they see a person having a seizure.
Strategies for Preventing Injuries
|For all people with seizures:||For Patients at Higher Risk:|
|Treat epilepsy seriously and get the best seizures control possible.||Avoid baths, take showers instead.|
|Take your medicines regularly and at the same times.||Use a shower chair if at risk for falls.|
|If your balance if poor or you are falling, talk to your doctor about medicine side effects.||Lessen risks for burns in the kitchen or other high risk places.|
|Never swim alone and wear a life jacket around water activities.||Avoid smoking! It’s not good for you in many ways.|
|Exercise regularly to maintain bone health.||Wear helmet if falling frequently or high risk of head injury (for selected patients)|
|Wear a helmet when riding a bike, climbing or in other activities with risks for injury.||Avoid high places.|
|Follow the laws for driving with epilepsy.||Make a safety plan – how to stay safe but stay active.|
|Find out what other safety precautions to consider|
Contributors: Steven C. Schachter, MD, Patricia O.