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How can you help someone who is having complex partial seizures?

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your main goal is to help keep them safe. They might hurt themselves -- they could fall or walk into something, for example. Here’s what you can do:

Stay with them and make sure they recover.

  • Don’t try to hold them down unless it’s the only way to keep them safe.
  • Talk to them quietly and calmly.
  • Lead them to a safe place. Move them away from any objects that could hurt them.
  • Keep track of time. If the seizure lasts more than 10 minutes, call 911.

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: “Focal Onset Impaired Awareness Seizures (complex partial seizures),” “First Aid for Complex Partial Seizures,” “What Happens During a Seizure?” “Vagus Nerve Stimulation,” “Dietary Therapies,” “Seizure First Aid.”

Medscape: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Epilepsy Foundation (Greater Chicago): “What Is Epilepsy?”

AboutKidsHealth: “Epilepsy.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Deja Vu: What It Is, When It May Be Cause for Concern.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine Neurology and Neurosurgery: “Complex Partial Seizures.”

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on July 24, 2019

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