First Aid

​Seizures are common, and one day you might need to help someone during a seizure. So you must learn what you can do to keep the person safe until the seizure stops on its self. Most seizures end in a few minutes.

When the person needs emergency medical attention and when to contact the emergency:
  • The seizures occur for the first time.
  • The person has difficulty breathing or waking after the seizure.
  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
  • The person has another seizure soon after the first one.
  • The person is hurt during the seizure.
  • The seizure happens in water.
  • The person has a health condition like diabetes, heart disease, or is pregnant.

First aid for seizures:
In this type of seizure, the grand mal seizure, the person may cry out, fall, shake or jerk, and become unaware of what’s going on around them. What you can do to help him: 
  • Ease the person to the floor.
  • Turn the person gently onto one side, to help him breathe.
  • Clear the area around him. 
  • Put something soft, like a jacket or something else, under his head.
  • Remove eyeglasses, loosen ties and unfasten shirt buttons. 
  • Call the emergency if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.​

What not to do: 
  • Do not stop his movements during the seizure.
  • Do not put anything in the person’s mouth. This can injure his teeth or the jaw. 
  • Do not try to give him CPR, people usually start breathing again on their own after a seizure.
  • Do not offer the person water or food until he is fully alert.

First aid for any type of seizure:
  • Stay with the person until the seizure ends.
  • After the seizure ends, help the person sit in a safe place.
  • Once he is alert and able to communicate, tell him what happened in very simple terms.

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