What to do if someone has a seizure isn’t talked about. Seizures in general aren’t talked about, I hadn’t heard the word “epilepsy” until the doctor said it. What is bad about this is that if you do something wrong you or the person seizing can get hurt. If you stick your finger in their mouth it could get bit off and the person could choke on it. There is a thing called a seizure spoon, very bad. If you try to hold their hand it could be like holding the hand of a pregnant lady going into labor.
This poster is the perfect example of what to do. To do all of this in the typical 30 second seizure is impossible. Seizures can last up to 2 minutes, those you do have time.
First, stay calm. The last thing this situation needs is panic.
The most important thing is that you get the person into the rescue position and help them stay that way. Vomiting while seizing happens, but if the person is on their side they won’t drown. The rescue position also hurts less and helps result in less injury. Never restrain or hold down, that hurts a lot. Put one hand near the knees and the other near shoulder one side of the body. Pull and push little bit to help the person stay off their tummy and back. A sister sits by my tummy and puts her hand on the back of my knees and back of my shoulder.
Second most important thing to do is to move everything that the person could hurt themselves on. Clutter, school bags, furniture. Loosen tight clothing, like a tie or scarf. Putting something under the head is important, especially if you notice that they are banging their head on the floor repeatedly. Time the seizure. If the seizure last more the five minutes, or past your comfort level, call 911. One of the first things they will ask is how long is the seizure. Looking for a medical tag can wait. If you call 911 they will need it. Chances are they might not have one.
When the person wakes up give them quiz them. 1. Name 2. President 3. Where are you 4. add two plus three. If they can get these right and their is no injury they are probably ok unless they have never had a seizure before. So if you don’t know ask. If not call 911. Then ask if their is someone you can call or if there is anything you can do. If you didn’t call 911 get them a ride or offer a ride home.
When to call 911: When you are scared or freeze. If you can’t handle the situation. Think about everyone’s safety and the best way for everyone to remain calm. Help is on it’s way is a phrase that can calm and reassure people. If the person seriously injures themselves during the fall and the attack make the call asap and focus on helping the person not hurting themselves again. If a person is convulsing for over five minutes there is something seriously wrong. If the recovery is taking longer then you think it should or the person has stopped shaking but didn’t wake up it is time to make the call. If they have more then one seizure it is not good. If you make the call and the person does not want to go they don’t have to. They can sign a form. Do not worry about whether or not you think the person would want you to call or not once it gets to one of these points.
If you have an epileptic friend have a talk about their needs and presences. I do not need to go the ER unless I don’t start breathing again or one of those biggies. If it is normal wonder about for a while and then fall into and convulse for under two to three minutes and can pass the quiz, I am golden and ready for a long nap.