Prevention from Epilepsy

There is no definite way to prevent epilepsy. However, reducing certain risk factors such as drugs and alcohol and getting enough sleep may decrease the chance of recurring attacks or seizures. Other suggestions include:

  • Wear a helmet when cycling or on a bike to reduce the risk of head injury
  • Keep children strapped in car seats when traveling
  • Proper prenatal care can prevent brain damage and epilepsy from developing in the baby
  • Treating other health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart problems and infections can lower the chance of the brain being affected and causing epilepsy
  • Prenatal genetic screening can help potential parents identify any neurological disorder in advance
  • Follow the ketogenic diet to reduce the amount and severity of recurring seizures

Frequently asked questions
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