Useful safety tips for epilepsy patients

By Salome Phelamei | Last Updated: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 22:20
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Salome Phelamei

Suffering from epilepsy doesn't mean you can't enjoy your life and live happily. You may have epilepsy, but if have a good health and good mental powers, and with proper measures and necessary precautions, you have the ability to live independently well into adulthood.

However, it is important to note that all the suggested tips may not be equally right or helpful for every person. Some tips may not be applicable to you although it is relevant to others.

For example, people who have frequent seizures without warning may need to take extra precautions and care than those who get a useful warning sign of seizures. Here are some useful safety tips for epilepsy patients.

 

-Try to find a place or a house that does not have stairs. This will help avoid any accidental falls or injuries caused by a seizure.

-Buy electric and home appliance devices that have automatic shut-off switches.

-Place padding around table corners or any furniture that has sharp areas to prevent hitting them during seizure.

-Family members should never leave a person who has uncontrolled seizures alone in the room, especially when there is a fire in the fireplace.

-Always have a plan of action ready so that you can alert your family, friends or neighbours even when you are alone at home.

-Try to cook in a microwave rather than a stove for safety purpose.

-Use plastic utensils and containers.

-Try to use precut meat so that you not not require using a knife.

-In the bathroom, make sure that the doors are not locked from inside, someone from outside should always be able to get in, if you need help.

-All electrical appliances should be kept away from the sink or bathtub.

-Always keep the water heater temperature low to prevent burning if a seizure should occur.

-Plan your activities when seizures are less likely to occur, if seizures usually occur at a certain time.

-While exercising, avoid extreme heat and keep yourself hydrated by taking lots of water to reduce seizure risks.

-Before starting any new fitness program, make sure you talk to your doctor/neurologist.

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that affects the nervous system. It is also known as a seizure disorder. A person is considered to have epilepsy when he/she has two or more unprovoked seizures.

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First Published: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 22:19

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