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Seizures Treatment

Call 911

Seizures need emergency care unless you know the person has a history of seizures and can be treated for a brief seizure at home.

1. Prevent Choking

  • Loosen clothing around the person's neck.
  • Roll the person on his or her side to keep the airway open.
  • Don't put anything into the person's mouth.

2. Protect From Injury

  • Move sharp objects, such as glassware or furniture, away from the person.
  • Ask bystanders to give the person room.
  • Do not restrain or hold down the person.

3. Treatment

  • If the person has a history of seizures, he or she may have medications to treat them. Give the medications according to the prescribed directions.
  • Medications or brain imaging may be needed at the hospital.

4. Follow Up

  • Stay with the person until emergency help arrives.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Varnada Karriem-Norwood, MD on December 23, 2013

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