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Seizures: The dos and don'ts

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 23 July, 2005, 12:00am
 

What should we do when we witness a seizure?


Note the time


Remain with the person having the seizure, to protect and reassure them


Keep other people from crowding around


If a major generalised tonic-clonic seizure occurs, when there is stiffening, jerking and loss of consciousness, put the person on their side in the semi-prone position to aid breathing as soon as the convulsions start subsiding


Cushion the head with something soft


Remove all dangerous objects


If breathing continues to be difficult, check that saliva, vomit and dentures are not blocking the throat


As consciousness returns, offer reassurance and note how long the seizure lasted


Do not:


Restrain or try to stop the convulsions as this may cause injury


Try to move the person unnecessarily


Put anything in the person's mouth


Give the person medication as this will not help


Give the person anything to eat or drink immediately after the seizure as he or she may feel sick or be unable to swallow properly


Call ambulance or medical help if:


The seizure lasts for more than five minutes - earlier if you are unsure about the medical history and if this is possibly a first seizure


If the person is diabetic, pregnant or injured


If the person remains unconscious, get IMMEDIATE medical assistance


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