Actions during a Seizure

Seizures can take place anywhere and at any time of the day.  Individuals faced with the challenge of living a life with seizures need assistance during a seizure and after.  Many times, a seizure will take place outside of the home in an uncomfortable area.  Keep the person safe, comfortable, and if the person is lying on the ground, cradle their head softly in your hands.  This will prevent any facial and mouth injuries.   

Gently place your child on the floor or ground, and remove any nearby objects.

Lay your child on his or her side to prevent choking on saliva (spit).

If your child vomits, clear out the mouth gently with your finger.

Loosen any clothing around the head or neck.

Make sure your child is breathing OK.

Don’t try to prevent your child from shaking — this will not stop the seizure and may make your child more uncomfortable.

Don’t put anything in your child’s mouth. Your child will not swallow his or her tongue, and forcing teeth apart could cause injuries or block the airway.

Don’t give your child anything to eat or drink, and don’t give any medicine pills or liquid by mouth until your child is completely awake and alert.

Try to keep track of how long the seizure lasts.

Your child may be sleepy or may take a while to get back to normal after the seizure. Stay with your child until he or she is awake and aware, and let your child rest after the seizure.

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