Lynn Savill, 13 St George’s Crescent, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 4AR.
Telephone: 01474 351673
If possible a woman who has epilepsy should see her GP or Consultant before becoming pregnant, She will be prescribed folic acid This is known to be beneficial to mother and baby.
All mums who have epilepsy will realize how important safety measures are in the home. The presence of young children means that further precautions may have to be taken in regards to their safely during a fit/seizure. Mothers who have a warning will have less of a problem than those whose attacks are irregular and without warning.
Information about child care is available from your local clinics It is advised that you tell your Neurologist, Epilepsy Nurse, or GP early in The pregnancy, about the epilepsy and the type of medication you are taking as this may need to be altered during the pregnancy.
Being a mother with epilepsy, with cause few problems in terms of baby care. Some activities may require certain extra care. For example you may find it helpful to wash the baby on a mat in me cot, with a bowl of water outside The cot, so if you happen to have an attack the baby can come to no harm. It is also advised that they be changed on the floor.
Most people with epilepsy are on some type of medication to help control their seizures, so it is important to check with your Neurologist, Epilepsy Nurse or your GP before breast feeding your baby. The effect of the drug may cause a baby to become sleepv as it is transferred in the breast milk.
For bottle feeding the usual position is sealed nursing the baby. It may be more helpful however, if you fall during an attack, to strap The baby into a plastic chair. Carrying the baby around the house too, could be dangerous as baby could be dropped during an attack A playpen or baby bouncer will help to keep the baby safe,
For further information please contact us (name & telephone above)
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