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Reducing Your Risk of Epilepsy
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
- Any disorder that may affect or injure your brain
- Illicit drugs
- Excessive amounts of alcohol
Epilepsy in adults. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T115086/Epilepsy-in-adults. Updated June 3, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
Epilepsy in children. EBSCO DynaMed Plus website. Available at: http://www.dynamed.com/topics/dmp~AN~T900174/Epilepsy-in-children. Updated May 5, 2016. Accessed October 4, 2016.
NINDS epilepsy information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/epilepsy/epilepsy.htm. Updated February 21, 2013. Accessed February 22, 2013.
Seizure disorders. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/seizure-disorders/seizure-disorders. Updated May 2012. Accessed February 22, 2013.
- Reviewer: Rimas Lukas, MD
- Review Date: 03/2016
- Update Date: 03/15/2015