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.