Myoclonic seizures affect a small number of children and adults with
epilepsy of unknown cause (idiopathic). In children
and teens with
juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, the seizures seem to
occur most often after waking up or while falling asleep.
Most epileptic seizures are over so quickly that you don't really have much time to do anything. After it's over, you simply make sure that the child wasn't injured.
Tonic-clonic seizures are the most dramatic and frightening of the seizures, and they usually last longer than other seizures. Here are some suggestions for handling them:
Move things out of the way so the child won't injure him or herself.
Loosen any tight clothing around the neck.
Put a pillow or something soft under the...