Witnessing a seizure can be terrifying. But do you know what’s more terrifying? Not having an idea what to do. You are terror-stricken, extremely scared – especially if it’s a loved one.
The most important thing you can do if you witness someone having a seizure is to stay calm and act fast. Act fast, because most seizures generally last 1 to 3 minutes. While it is essential to get medical help as soon as possible, it is important you keep these tips in mind.
Keep them safe
First off, remove dangerous objects out of the way. With the most intense seizures, a person would lose consciousness and jerk their arms and legs. Focus on keeping them safe so they don’t hurt themselves.
Safely cushion the person’s head
Place something soft under their head and support gently to prevent injury.
Roll the person onto their side
It’s very important that you roll the person onto their side with their head tilted back. This would allow the tongue to fall forward, keeping the airway open. Hence, preventing choking on vomit or saliva.
Do not restrain the person
There isn’t much you can do to stop a seizure once it starts, let it run its course. In an attempt to restrain, you could injure the person, or get yourself injured. Restraining someone having a complex partial seizure may provoke them into aggressive behaviour.
Don’t put things between their mouths
No, they won’t swallow tongue. It’s a common myth that people having a seizure can swallow their tongue, and you’re advised to put a bite block in their mouth. This can injure their teeth or jaw, so don’t.
Time the seizure
How long did the seizure last? What were the symptoms? Keeping track of seizures can help medical personnel diagnose and choose treatments.
Most importantly, seek medical attention immediately.
Ever witnessed someone having a seizure? What did you do?
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