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What can you do for someone having a grand mal seizure?

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It probably isn't an emergency, although it may look like one. But any generalized seizure can be dangerous because the person is unaware of their surroundings and can't protect themselves from harm.

Don't leave someone who's had a seizure alone. Stay until they're fully aware of where they are and can respond normally when you talk to them.

  • Give them room. Keep other people back.
  • Clear hard or sharp objects, like glasses and furniture, away.
  • Cushion their head.
  • Loosen clothing around their neck, if you can safely.
  • Don't try to hold them down or stop their movements.
  • Don't put anything in their mouth. If their head isn't moving, turn it to one side.
  • Look at your watch at the start of the seizure, so you can time its length.
  • After the jerking stops, gently place them on their side, to help keep their airway clear.

From: First Aid for Epilepsy Seizures WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Living With Epilepsy," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)," "First Aid," "Is an Emergency Room Visit Needed?"

Epilepsy Action: "First aid," "Focal seizures."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 31, 2017

SOURCES:

Epilepsy Foundation: "Living With Epilepsy," "Focal Onset Aware Seizures (simple partial seizures)," "First Aid," "Is an Emergency Room Visit Needed?"

Epilepsy Action: "First aid," "Focal seizures."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research."

Reviewed by Richard Senelick on July 31, 2017

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