What precautions should be taken for the safety of epileptic patients?

 

The occurrence of unpredictable seizures is one of the most concerning issues about epilepsy. Epileptic patients sometimes renounce many important activities fearing unexpected seizures. But they should know that they are not obliged to completely give up all their interests as long as they know how to avoid injuries in case of seizures. It goes without saying that specific health issues as well as seizures frequency vary from one person to another. In fact, some need to be more careful than others. However, there are specific precautions that should be taken into account by everyone suffering from epilepsy seizures as well as their entourage and caregivers. Here you are some of theme:

1-Favor group activities:

The occurrence of unpredictable seizures is one of the most concerning issues about epilepsy. Epileptic patients sometimes renounce many important activities fearing unexpected seizures. But they should know that they are not obliged to completely give up all their interests as long as they know how to avoid injuries in case of seizures. It goes without saying that specific health issues as well as seizures frequency vary from one person to another. In fact, some need to be more careful than others. However, there are specific precautions that should be taken into account by everyone suffering from epilepsy seizures as well as their entourage and caregivers. Here you are some of theme:

2- Get plastic or wooden dishes

To prevent cuts during seizures, it is a good idea to replace glass and metal with plastic or wooden dishes for the ecologists. Obviously, a plastic or wooden knife is not as sharp as a metal one, but this actually significantly reduces the chance of getting hurt in case of a seizure. Besides, wooden dishes are eco-friendly and very trendy these days, so maybe it’s the right time to get new ones! 🙂

3-Save water, favor showers to baths or even better shower together 🙂

Showers are preferred to avoid the risk of drowning in case of a seizure. Drowning is a common cause of death for children and young adults across the world. In average, 1 out of 10 people die due to unintentional drowning in the United States each day. People with epilepsy are particularly concerned with a rate of fatal drowning 15 to 19 times higher compared to the general population. (Source: Dead in the water: Epilepsy‐related drowning or sudden unexpected death in epilepsy?, 26 August 2018). So, save water and shower together for the sake of your own safety.

4-Always have a secret place to hide an extra key

“You will find the keys at the same usual place”. Almost everyone has already said this to a family member or a friend so they can enter to the house when you are not there. Hiding an extra key in this secret place would enable caregivers to come to the house and check on epileptic persons.

5-Create more space at home and at work:

Small changes in the way we position the furniture would make a huge difference to prevent serious damage in case of falls due to seizures. For instance, making more room between beds, tables and chairs and having carpeted floors could prevent tripping. Moreover, getting safety covers for radiators could avoid burns.

6-Be honest about your epilepsy, let your entourage be aware of your health condition

Epileptic patients suffer from stigmatization, that is why they find it hard to openly talk about their health problem. They should know that the more their surroundings are aware of their condition, the readier they will be to assist them whenever needed. Moreover, social stigma about epilepsy can only be surpassed if we start informing and educating people about it. So, be an epilepsy ambassador and talk freely about epilepsy with those around you.