Reducing Your Risk of Epilepsy
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
- Any disorder that may affect or injure your brain
- Illicit drugs
- Excessive amounts of alcohol
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.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014 -
- Update Date: 05/06/2014 -
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