Caring for Your New Baby When You Have Epilepsy

You can safely care for your baby when you have epilepsy. Before you give birth, work with your epilepsy care team and your support system to create a plan to safely care for your baby once you bring them home. They’ll help you put safety measures in place that consider the type and severity of your seizures. 

Common Questions About Postpartum Safety & Support

Consult With Your Doctor

Caring for a new baby can be challenging. Still, some simple steps will keep you and your baby safe.  

Consult with your epilepsy care team if you have concerns about how to best care for your new baby at home. Download our Postpartum and Epilepsy - Questions to Ask Your Doctors, and bring a copy to your appointments to help guide your conversations and get the answers you need.

Start working with your epilepsy care team as early as possible when you decide you want to try to get pregnant. The team will help you create a plan that includes safely caring for your baby.

Educating yourself about safe baby care practices before you bring your baby home can make the postpartum period less stressful and safer for you and your child.

Reviewed by: Laura Kirkpatrick, MD, September 2023

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