Epilepsy may make children more likely to be injured in fires, and suffer burns, according to a new study from the University of Nottingham.
Researchers there studied subjects between the ages of one and 24 years old.
In addition to injuries from fire, young sufferers of epilepsy are also more likely to be harmed by poisons. Some of these poisonings are accidental, while others are intentionally carried out by others. Broken bones and other injuries were also found to be more common among children suffering from the brain disorder than others without the condition.
Children with epilepsy were 50 percent more likely that children without the disorder to suffer burn injuries during fires. Bones were broken 25 percent more often by those with the brain disorder than average.
“This is the first study in the UK population to estimate the risk of fractures, burns and poisonings,” Vibhore Prasad, of the University’s Division of Primary Care, said.
Although children with epilepsy may be more prone than others to get injured in a fire, there are many beliefs people have about the disorder that are not true.
It is physically impossible for a sufferer to swallow their own tongue. Objects should never have objects inserted in their mouths. This can only cause injury.
If a person is suffering an epileptic seizure, the best treatment is to be rolled on their side, and have their airway kept clear.
Epilepsy is not just a child’s disease – seniors experience their first seizures roughly as often as children. Onset of the disorder is often triggered by a stroke.
Over one million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy, making it a serious health issue. Authors of the new study believe their research should advise healthcare workers to warn their epileptic patients about environmental dangers.
Study of fire and other injuries in children experiencing epilepsy was detailed in the journal Pediatrics.