According to India epilepsy center, concern about safety of children with epilepsy may lead to them being stopped from their daily activities. Such restrictions are often unnecessary and should be individualized for each child. Children whose seizures are controlled can participate in most normal activities including sports, athletics, cycling etc.
According to Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County, epilepsy can occur as a single condition, or may accompany other conditions affecting the brain, such as cerebral palsy, mental retardation, autism, Alzheimer's, and traumatic brain injury.
Epilepsy is not contagious and no one can catch epilepsy from another person. Moreover, in most cases, epilepsy isn't a barrier to physical achievement. Seizures commonly take a characteristic form and the individual will do much the same thing during each episode. His behavior may be inappropriate for the time and place, but it is unlikely to cause harm to anyone.
Epilepsy Foundation has stated the following common myths and facts about epilepsy for the public as follows.
Myth: You can swallow your tongue during a seizure.
Fact: It's physically impossible to swallow your tongue.
Myth: You should force something into the mouth of someone having a seizure.
Fact: Absolutely not! That's a good way to chip teeth, puncture gums, or even break someone's jaw. The correct first aid is simple. Just gently roll the person on one side and put something soft under his head to protect him from getting injured.
Myth: You should restrain someone having a seizure.
Fact: Never use restraint! The seizure will run its course and you cannot stop it.
Myth: Only kids get epilepsy.
Fact: Epilepsy happens to people over age 65 almost as often as it does to children aged ten and under. Seizures in the elderly are often the after effect of other health problems like stroke and heart disease.