Safety measures to adopt in the presence of a person having a seizure:

At all times, remain calm and make sure the person is safe and comfortable. If you are in a public area, inform others so that they will understand and not be scared or confused. Seizures can be sneaky and may look very unusual or frightening.

Remember, the person having this type of seizure will not have any real awareness of their surroundings, so they need your help.

  • Clear the area of potential dangers.
  • Protect the head the best you can.
  • Never insert anything in the mouth.
  • Do not attempt cardiac reanimation.
  • Do not restrain the person having a seizure.
  • Loosen clothing around the neck.
  • Turn the person on the side to avoid suffocation from the flow of saliva.
  • Do not give anything to drink.
  • Stand by until the person regains consciousness.
  • Reassure the person that everything is ok and that you are there to help.

IF IT LASTS LONGER THAN 5 MINUTES OR IF THERE IS MORE THAN ONE SEIZURE, CALL AN AMBULANCE. THE LONGER A SEIZURE GOES ON, THE GREATER THE CHANCE IT MAY NEED MEDICAL INTERVENTION TO STOP IT.


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