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Summer and Seizures | Emily Donoghue

Emily Donoghue

Guest blogger Emily speaks about how to keep safe in the summer holidays.

You can read Emily’s Perspective on Living Well with Epilepsy here.

With summer finally here I have gathered some tips and advice to make the most out of summer especially with season related triggers.

Every person with epilepsy is different, and so are their triggers. For some, there are no specific triggers at all. It is likely that most people living with the condition are able to change their lifestyle to avoid triggers but for some, there are triggers that are simply out of their control, such as atmospheric condition and barometric pressure triggers.

In the heat, it is very common to get dehydrated. Water intake is particularly important in the summer, so make sure you are accounting for the heat when keeping your body fully hydrated to avoid triggering a seizure.

Although the summer is fun, and going on holiday with your loved ones is the greatest thing ever, you can also have too much time on your hands and boredom can trigger a seizure.Make sure you are keeping busy with lots of fun activities over the holidays.

It took me a while to notice, but I have now come to realise that extreme temperatures make me more likely to have a seizure; for example being out in the heat or in a hot shop for too long can affect me, but for others it may be hot nightclubs and gigs or travelling in hot countries.

School’s out for summer, and it may be tempting to stay up later than usual. Tiredness is a very common trigger so make sure you get enough sleep before staying up late and catch up on sleep the next day.

It may be tempting to do more sports when the weather is being good to us.If you are into your sports, or if your child is, it’s important to watch how long they are active for and make sure they are taking regular breaks to prevent triggering a seizure through getting tired or dehydrated.

Swimming can be a high risk to those living with epilepsy, so this summer take extra care when taking a dip. Remembering these tips could save a life:

  • Don’t swim alone, always have a buddy
  • Make lifeguards aware of your condition
  • Make sure an adult who knows what to do when a seizure occurs is nearby
  • Always wear a life jacket when necessary

I stress the fact that you should always keep a small diary or short notes on when your seizures are occurring and what you were doing at the time. Staying safe in the summer is really important and with this post I aim to help as many readers as possible.

You can read Emily’s Perspective on Living Well with Epilepsy here.

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