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Epilepsy (cont.)

Epilepsy Treatment

Self-Care at Home

Home care with epilepsy varies with the frequency and type of seizures. It is important to take anticonvulsant medication regularly to prevent seizures.

When a seizure occurs, an observer can use common sense to prevent injuries.

  • Cushion the person's head.

  • Loosen any tight neckwear.

  • Turn the person on his or her side.

  • Do not hold the person down or restrain the person.

  • Do not place anything in the mouth or try to pry the teeth apart. The person is not in danger of swallowing his or her tongue.

  • Observe seizure characteristics-length, type of movements, direction of head or eye turning. These characteristics may help the doctor diagnose the type of seizure.
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