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, put something soft under his or her head.
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.
Turn the person onto his or her side, with the
mouth down, unless the person resists being moved.
Do not try to
hold down or move the person.
Try to stay calm.
person vomits, turn the person onto his or her side.
attention to what the person is doing so that you can describe the seizure to
rescue personnel or doctors.
What kind of body movement
How long did the seizure last?
How did the
person act immediately after the seizure?
Are there any injuries
from the seizure?
Time the length of the seizure, if
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