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Reducing Your Risk of Epilepsy

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Taking preventive measures may prevent some cases of epilepsy . These measures include:

  • Preventing seizures due to head injuries by:
    • Wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets
    • Putting children in car seats
  • Treating a seizure properly by:
    • Seeking medical help immediately after suffering a first seizure
    • Taking medication after the first or second seizure
  • Getting good prenatal care to help prevent brain damage to a developing fetus:
  • Treating high fevers (especially in children) with medication
  • Taking steps to prevent or control certain medical conditions, including:
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Infections
    • Any disorder that may affect or injure your brain
  • Avoiding:
    • Illicit drugs
    • Excessive amounts of alcohol
 

References:

  • Berkow R. The Merck Manual of Medical Information. 17th ed. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster; 2000.
  • Epilepsy Foundation website. Available at: http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov.

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