is a wonderful part of summer activities. It can be a safe
and enjoyable experience for children and adults with epilepsy
if certain precautions are taken. These include:
never swim alone
not swim if unusually tired
not swim if medication has been missed
only with someone who knows their companion has epilepsy
and is a strong enough swimmer to come to their aid if a
aid steps if a seizure does occur in water?
the person having the seizure so that the head and face
stay above the water.
sure the head is tilted back to keep the airway clear.
the person away from the sides of a pool to avoid injury
from hitting against them during the seizure.
the person out of the water as quickly as possible and place
them on their side.
the person’s airway and pulse.
CPR if necessary
emergency medical assistance.
ANYONE WHO HAS HAD A SEIZURE IN WATER MAY HAVE INGESTED
LARGE QUANTITIES OF FLUID. EVEN IF BREATHING STARTS AGAIN
AND THE PERSON SEEMS TO HAVE RECOVERED WATER MAY HAVE BEEN
INHALED INTO THE LUNGS.
A medical check-up in all such cases is vital, since this
condition can be life-threatening.
a seizure happens out of the water during swimming activity,
the person should not continue with swimming or water sports
that day, even if the person appears to be fully recovered.
"Tips for Living with Seizure Disorders"
Updated April 2002
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