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Epilespy Caregiver Tips
The most important thing you can do for a loved one with epilepsy is to be supportive. Epilepsy is a common condition. Some seizures rarely cause problems.
Overall, the chance of injury is higher for people with uncontrolled seizures. Bruises, cuts, burns, and falls are all common injuries. Less common concerns include breathing problems, drowning (due to a seizure while swimming or bathing), car accidents (many states restrict driver’s licenses for those with epilepsy), and pregnancy complications.
Rolling someone with an active tonic-clonic seizure onto their side helps prevent fluids from getting into the lungs. Putting fingers, a bite block or tongue depressor in the mouth is not recommended.
It’s important to help a loved one with epilepsy keep track of how often seizures occur. It’s especially crucial when trying a new treatment, like a new medication or a different dosage.
Caregivers should also be aware of the rare, but life-threatening complications of epilepsy, including:
- Status epilepticus, a state of continuous seizure activity lasting more than five minutes. People with status epilepticus have an increased risk of permanent brain damage and death.
- Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). People with epilepsy also have a small risk of sudden unexpected death. The risk is very low (about 1% of people with epilepsy) and the cause is unknown. People whose seizures aren’t controlled by medications or who have frequent tonic-clonic seizures have a higher risk of SUDEP.
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