What are some tips about water safety--in and outside the home--if my child has epilepsy?

Here are some water tips for inside the home:

  • Keep an eye on your child while he or she is in the bathtub.
  • Bathroom doors should be unlocked for safety reasons. The rest of the family needs to understand your child’s need for privacy in the bathroom.
  • Check the bathtub drain to make sure it's working properly.
  • Keep the water in the tub at low levels.
  • Keep the water temperature low to prevent scalding.
  • Install a shower or tub seat with a safety strap in the tub for older children.
  • Keep all electrical appliances away from the sink or bathtub.

Water tips outside the home:

  • Don't let a child with epilepsy swim alone. The person swimming with your child must remain within arm-length distance.
  • Make sure all adults, including the lifeguards and swimming instructors, know that your child has epilepsy.
  • If your child has a seizure while swimming, get him or her out of the water as soon as possible and check his or her status. If anything seems wrong, contact the doctor right away.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 12/21/2013.

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