Seizure First Aid

A seizure happens when a brief, strong
surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. This electrical activity can show up in many different ways, from full-body convulsive seizures
to seizures that only affect one part of the body. These may look like small,
repetitive movements or even like someone is staring off and unaware of
their surroundings. Here’s what to do if you see someone having a seizure: stay calm, do not restrain them, and don’t put anything in their mouth. Allow the seizure to happen. In most cases it can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. This is important: stay with the person having the seizure and move any objects
– such as furniture – away from them so that they don’t hurt themselves. Check the time to see how long the seizure lasts. Call 9-1-1 if it lasts more than five
minutes. Try to stop other people from crowding around. Stay with them until the
seizure has ended or until other help arrives. Reassure the person and let them
know that they can take their time to recover.

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