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Seeing someone having a seizure can be very scary. Over 1 to 2 million people in the United states alone have epilepsy. Here are some helpful first aid techniques to help some one if they are having a seizure.

Epilepsy First Aid


By stacey chillemi
freelance writer

1. Keep Calm

Seizures may appear frightening to the persone who is watching the seizure. They usually last only a few minutes and generally do not require medical attention.
Remember that the person having a seizure may be unaware of their actions and may or may not hear you.


2. Protect from further injury.

If necessary, ease the person to the floor.
Move any hard, sharp or hot objects well away.
Protect the person's head and body from injury. Loosen any tight neckwear.


3. Do not restrain the person.

If danger threatens, gently guide the person away.
Agitation during seizure episodes is common.
Trying to restrain or grabbing hold of someone having a seizure is likely to make the agitation worse and may trigger an instinctive aggressive response.

4. Do not insert anything in the mouth.

The person is not going to swallow the tongue.
Attempting to force open the mouth may break the teeth or cause other oral injuries.


5. Roll the person on their side after the seizure subsides.

This enables saliva to flow from the mouth, helping to ensure an open air passage. If there is vomit, keep the person on their side and clear out their mouth with your finger.


6. If a seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, or repeats without full recovery ~ SEEK MEDICAL ASSISTANCE IMMEDIATELY.


7. Talk gently to the person.

After any type of seizure, comfort and reassure the person to assist them in reorienting themselves. The person may need to rest or sleep. If the person wanders, stay with them and talk gently to them.


Check for a MedicAlert? or other Medical ID Bracelet
The bracelet or necklet may indicate the seizure type and any medication the person is taking. If you call the MedicAlert hotline, an operator can direct you in your first aid procedures and may direct you to call any emergency contacts and physicians listed in that member's file.


Seizure First Aid for Persons in Wheelchairs

For someone having a tonic-clonic seizure in a wheelchair

During the Seizure

1. Keep calm and let the seizure run its course.

2. Hold up the wheelchair and ensure the brakes are on to protect him or her from injury.

3. Do not put anything in the person's mouth.

4. Remove anything from the area that may cause injury or could be a hazard to someone who is temporarily unaware of their location or actions.

After the Seizure


1. Set the wheelchair to a "partial recline" position (not "full recline").

2. Gently turn the person's head to the side to let the saliva flow out of the mouth.

3. Let the person rest or sleep if it is needed.

4. Be reassuring, comforting and calm as awareness returns.

First Aid in the Water

If a seizure occurs while a person is in the water, follow these procedures.


1. While in the water, Turn the person face up.

2. Support the face out of the water.

3. Tilt head back to keep airway clear.

4. Get the person out of the water as soon as possible.

5. Once out of the water, Place person on their side.

6. Check to see if person is breathing.

7. If the person is not breathing, begin resuscitation promptly.

8. Call an ambulance immediately. This is essential.

After the emergency


1. Ensure that the person has a medical check-up promptly.

(Inhaling or swallowing water may cause medical problems.)





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Reviewed by - - - - - TRASK 7/15/2009
Quite Informative,i.e. If Someone Had Seizure I'd Call 911--Why!

You May Just End Up With Lawsuit For Helping Some One Die--I Know It Happens To Many People...

Credit Illuminating Write!

Reviewed by Alan Busch 11/9/2008
dear stacey,

ty for the information. my late son ben had epilepsy and juvenile diabetes. quite a combination.

sincerely, alan busch
Reviewed by Myles Saulibio 8/23/2007
Thanks you Stacey for raising the bar of awareness of this condition. It is a useful and handy guide.

I had a Army Sergeant in my training company and he had such a seizure after physical training. One of the men had experience with gentle treatment and made a difference.

Best and Aloha to you---
Reviewed by Sharon-Louise Laye (Reader) 4/21/2006
Excellent article Stacey: I have been known to give ambulance attendants black eyes and few others who have tried to restrain me. It is surprising the number of people who do not know what to do. I have now given and sent copies of your first aid printout to just about everyone that knows me. Because of my seizures some of our local business people have completed first aid courses and have even paid to have their staff to do also. It is great living in a small commmunity where everyone helps each other and care this much.
My grand-daughters now make sure before they bring friends over to use my computer are aware of my seizure disorder and explains how to deal with one if it should happen when they visit the house, I have even had them ask how to help me and what they should do, and have copies of your article posted around the house for them also.

keep up the great information printouts.

Sharon-Louise Laye
Reviewed by Tracey L. O' Very (Reader) 3/24/2005
Excelllent Thank You!.
I have epilepsy and I've surprised a few people in the strength I have when they were trying to restrain me. 6 big football players I threw them off like they were stuffed animals. I bit the head of a spoon completely off too.

Thank you for the Excellent help here.

I had one guy tell me when I would start into a seizure he gently rubbed my back or belly whichever and that would seem to calm me.

Stacey I just cannot thank you enough for this Excellent article.
Reviewed by Gwen Dickerson 3/24/2005
Thank you, Stacey, for all the valuable instructions in this well-written article!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/22/2005

Excellent advice! You clarify and dispel many myths (such as swallowing the tongue) with your words; thank you!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/22/2005
good advice, stacey. i have seen someone have a seizure, and you are so right, it is scary! but i know what to do!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx, karen lynn. :)

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