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When should you call 911 for someone having a seizure?

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Call 911 when:

If you're concerned that something else may be wrong, or the person has another medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, call a doctor.

  • It's a child's first seizure.
  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
  • Another seizure begins soon after the first.
  • The person doesn't "wake up" after the movements have stopped.
  • The person was injured during the seizure.

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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