If you witness a
seizure, your account of the seizure will help a
doctor diagnose and treat the person. Try to stay calm. Pay close attention to
what happens during and after the seizure.
During a seizure:
Protect the person from injury.
Keep him or her from falling if you can,
or try to guide the person gently to the floor.
Try to move
furniture or other objects that might injure the person during the
If the person is having a seizure and is on the ground
when you arrive, try to position the person on his or her side so that fluid can leak out of the mouth. But be careful not to apply too much pressure to the body.
Do not force anything, including your fingers,
into the person's mouth. Putting something in the person's mouth may cause
injuries to him or her, such as chipped teeth or a fractured jaw. You could
also get bitten.
Do not try to
hold down or move the person. This can cause injury, such as a dislocated shoulder.
attention to what the person is doing so that you can describe the seizure to
rescue personnel or doctors.
How the person's body moved
How long the seizure lasted
How the person acted before the seizure
person acted immediately after the seizure
Whether the person suffered any injuries
from the seizure
After a seizure:
Check the person for injuries.
you could not turn the person onto his or her side during the seizure, do so
when the seizure ends and the person is more relaxed.
If the person
is having trouble breathing, use your finger to gently clear his or her mouth
of any vomit or saliva.
Loosen tight clothing around the person's
neck and waist.
Provide a safe area where the person can
Do not give anything to eat or drink until the person is
fully awake and alert.
Stay with the person until he or she is
awake and familiar with the surroundings. Most people will be sleepy or
confused after a seizure.
A person who has had a seizure should not drive, swim, climb
ladders, or operate machinery until he or she has seen a doctor about the
seizure and the doctor has said that the person is allowed to drive or operate
pattern of your seizures changes and you have a history of
Symptoms become more severe or frequent.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 28, 2013
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