How To Respond to a Seizure

If you are epileptic, or know someone who is, it is very important to know the proper way to respond to a seizure. It can be an alarming experience for someone who has never witnessed someone going into a seizure, but the key is for you to remain calm. The only thing you can do is let the seizure ride out, remain calm, and remember the following steps on how to respond to a seizure.

  1. If you notice a person is going into a seizure, and see that they are going to hit the ground, try to help them by catching them, or assisting them to the floor, to deter any head injury that may occur upon impact.
  2. Do not restrain them, as this may cause them to get whiplash or other bodily injury.
  3. If it occurs in a public place, try to keep people clear of the person seizing, if possible try to block off the person who is seizing for their own privacy, as sometimes a person seizing will sometimes soil themselves.
  4. Place a rolled up shirt or jacket under their head, and clear the area near them for anything sharp that may have fallen with them, to prevent any further injury.
  5. Do not put anything in the person's mouth, as this can result in injury to them and you as well.
  6. Pay attention to the person having a seizure. Any medical help that comes will ask you for details in determining if the seizure was a partial or tonic-clonic seizure.
  7. Try to time the length of the seizure, if a seizure appears to be going on for 5 minutes, call for an ambulance. Seizures that occur for more than 5 minutes can be dangerous to the person who is seizing.

What to do after a person is through with their seizure is as important as what you do when they are seizing.

  1. Turn the person onto his or her side, and loosen any clothing around the neck.
  2. Check the person for any visible injuries, such as cuts and bruises on their body.
  3. Allow the person to rest fully after the seizure.
  4. Do not give any water or food to the person until they become fully alert and awake, as after seizures, the person will be very tired, confused, and probably won't acknowledge they had a seizure.


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