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What to do if you're with someone having a seizure


Ever wondered what you should do if someone around you is having a seizure, from epilepsy or some other condition?

Once a seizure has started, it must run its course. It is important to keep the person safe and, above all, stay calm. Proper first aid, where needed, can be helpful. Via Christi epilepsy experts provide these suggestions:

  • Protect from injury – Clear dangerous objects from area; cushion falls; remove glasses; cushion head;
  • Don't restrain movement – Gently guide from hazards unless sudden danger threatens
  • Never force anything in mouth
  • Help breathing – Loosen tie or collar; turn on side when convulsions have stopped
  • Stay with person – Remain calm and reassuring as consciousness returns
  • Don't encourage premature activity – No liquids, standing or walking until postseizure confusion subsides
  • If injury occurs or if seizure lasts longer than five to 10 minutes, take person to ER or call 911
About Melissa Lacey

Kansas born; mother of two; communications professional for Ascension Via Christi.