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How to Help Someone Having a Seizure
This entry was posted on November 30, 2012.
At N-Style ID, many of the medical ID and medical alert jewelry we make is created for men, women and children with Epilepsy or other seizure disorders. As November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, we thought we’d wrap-up November with an overview of what you should know and how to react if a loved one or a stranger has a seizure in your presence.
Many of us have never had to provide help and assistance for someone having a seizure. Because of this there are a few misconceptions about providing the correct care for seizures. Aside from some basic steps to follow, most of the time, a person having a seizure requires no assistance other than a caring and calming presence. If you have never seen someone having a seizure, it can be a somewhat scary experience. Just remember to stay calm at all times. Seizures will end within a couple of minutes. Seizures can be very confusing to those experiencing them and your reassuring presence is extremely comforting while the person is in “recovery mode” immediately following a seizure.
Now that you know the importance of staying calm and focused in the presence of someone having a seizure, he’s a list of the top do’s and dont’s for providing care in the event of a seizure:
WHAT TO DO:
- Stay calm!
- Look for medical alert jewelry to confirm that the person has a Epilepsy or a seizure disorder
- Create the safest surrounding environment possible for the person seizing
- Remove sharp objects from around the person to prevent injury
- If possible, try to cushion their head with your hands, a pillow or any soft object to help prevent head injuries
- Try to loosen clothing around their neck
- Try to pay attention to the length of the seizure
- When the seizure is over, be sure to slowly move the person onto their left side. This is VERY important to help open their airway as any swelling of the tongue from the seizure or post-seizure vomiting could obstruct their breathing
- Recovery from the seizure will take a few minutes, but confusion and fatigue is sure to follow. Remain with that person until they are sufficiently recovered
WHAT NOT TO DO:
- Do not attempt to restrain the person’s body while convulsing. – This can cause injury to both yourself and the person suffering the seizure
- Do not put anything in the person’s mouth – This is a major misconception that stems from the concern that a person with a seizure might swallow their tongue. They will not swallow their tongue
- Do not give the person water, food or pills until they are completely recovered
- Do not leave someone alone following the seizure until they have fully regained their bearings
Cal 911 if you are a loved one and the seizure lasts more that five minutes or if you are a stranger and helping someone who is without family or friends.
For those suffering from Epilepsy or a seizure disorder, always carry medical identification in the form of medical alert jewelry and medical ID card. In the event of an emergency, this will enable the people around you, especially strangers, to provide the appropriate treatment and maintain your safety in the event of a seizure.
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