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Top Four Places to Never Leave Your Child Alone with Epilepsy


If your child has been diagnosed with Epilepsy, he/she can still lead a normal life. Most children with seizures do not usually have any physical limitations or activity restrictions. 

However, there is a chance that your child could lose consciousness during a seizure, so there are certain circumstances and activities that should be avoided or closely monitored. Your child’s life could be at risk if he/she were to lose consciousness during certain activities.

  • Swimming/Taking a Bath: Your child should always be closely monitored while in the water. Encourage your child to take showers instead of sitting in a tub of water. Never leave your child alone in the tub or a swimming pool of any kind.​
  • Fire:  Your child should always be closely monitored around campfires, fireplaces, or hot ovens/stoves.
  • Heights:  Your child should always be closely monitored when activity includes heights – monkey bars, trees, etc.
  • Driving:  Arkansas law requires an individual to be seizure-free for one year before driving.

Your child may have increased seizures when he/she is sick, running a fever, sleep-deprived, or under stress. It is also very important that your child not miss his/her medication because this can result in increased seizures.


1 in 6 children suffers from some kind of neurological disorder. The Neuroscience Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a team of more than 200 health care professionals who work together to provide comprehensive neurological care to children all over the country. Visit the website to make an appointment or to find out more: archildrens.org/neuro

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