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16 January 2008

Centrum tip – Seizures spoiling your fun?

People with epilepsy sometimes feel that the benefits of swimming do not outweigh the risk of having a seizure in the water.

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People with epilepsy sometimes feel that the benefits of swimming do not outweigh the risk of having a seizure in the water. However, by taking a few simple precautions, most people with epilepsy can safely participate in swimming and other activities in the water.

Take action:
Speak to your doctor about whether your seizures are sufficiently well controlled to permit swimming; don't swim alone – preferably only swim when there is a qualified life-saver present; tell the pool supervisor or your swimming companion that you have epilepsy, and check that they know what to do if you have a seizure; only swim where you feel safe and confident – avoid swimming in overcrowded pools, the sea, rivers, lakes or very cold water; don't swim if you're feeling unwell or tired, or have recently changed your medication or have missed any doses; and don't get too tired or cold while in the water.

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