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Prevention of Epilepsy

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HealthWiki > Disabled Village Children > Chapter 29: Seizures: Epilepsy > Prevention of Epilepsy


  1. Try to avoid causes of brain damage—during pregnancy, at birth, and in childhood. This is discussed under prevention of cerebral palsy.
  2. Avoid marriage between close relatives, especially in families with a history of epilepsy.
  3. When children with epilepsy take their medicine regularly to prevent seizures, sometimes the seizures do not come back after the medicine is stopped. To make it more likely that seizures will not come back, be sure that the child takes her antiseizure medicine for at least a year after her last seizure. (Often, however, seizures will still return when medicine is stopped. If this happens, the medicines should be taken for at least another year before you try stopping again.)


This page was updated:21 Nov 2019