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Reducing Your Risk of Epilepsy

There are steps you can take to lower your risk of epilepsy.

  • Prevent seizures that happen from head injuries by:
    • Wearing seat belts and bicycle helmets
    • Putting children in car seats
  • Get help right away if you think you have had a seizure.
  • Get prenatal care to help prevent brain damage to a growing fetus:
  • Treat high fevers (especially in children) with medicine
  • Take steps to prevent or control health problems, such as:
    • High blood pressure
    • Heart disease
    • Liver disease
    • Kidney disease
    • Infections
    • Any health problem that may affect or injure your brain

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Epilepsy information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/All-Disorders/Epilepsy-Information-Page. Updated June 18, 2018. Accessed March 26, 2019.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care. NICE 2012 Jan:CG137.

Seizure disorders. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/neurologic-disorders/seizure-disorders/seizure-disorders. Updated November 2018. Accessed March 26, 2019.

Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Rimas Lukas, MD  Last Updated: 3/26/2019