Your child should get plenty of sleep and try to have as regular schedule as possible. Try to avoid too much stress. You should still set rules and limits, along with consequences, for a child with epilepsy.
Make sure your home is safe to help prevent injuries when a seizure takes place:
- Keep bathroom and bedroom doors unlocked. Keep these doors from being blocked.
- Make sure your child stays safe in the bathroom. Younger children should not take a bath without someone present. DO NOT leave the bathroom without taking your child with you. Older children should only take showers.
- Put pads on sharp corners of furniture.
- Place a screen in front of the fireplace.
- Use nonslip flooring or cushioned floor covers.
- DO NOT use freestanding heaters.
- Avoid letting a child with epilepsy sleep on the top bunk.
- Replace all glass doors and any windows near the ground with either safety glass or plastic.
- Plastic cups should be used instead of glassware.
- The use of knives and scissors should be supervised
- Supervise your child in the kitchen.
Most children with seizures can lead an active lifestyle. You should still plan ahead for the possible dangers of certain activities. These activities should be avoided if a loss of consciousness or control would result in an injury.
- Safe activities include jogging, aerobics, moderate cross-country skiing, dancing, tennis, golf, hiking, and bowling. Games and playing in gym class or on the playground are generally okay.
- Supervise your child when swimming.
- To prevent head injury, your child should wear a helmet during bike riding, skateboarding, and similar activities.
- Children should have someone to help them climb on a jungle gym or perform gymnastics.
- Ask your child's doctor about your child participating in contact sports.
Have your child carry and take seizure medicines at school. Teachers and others at schools should know about your child's seizures and seizure medicines.
Your child should wear a medical alert bracelet. Tell family members, friends, teachers, school nurses, babysitters, swimming instructors, lifeguards, and coaches about your child's seizure disorder.