What to do if a seizure occurs?
During a seizure:
- STAY CALM and reassure others. Witnessing a seizure can be a frightening and upsetting experience for all individuals involved.
- TIME THE SEIZURE
- Remove any hazards or obstacles that may result in injury to the individual.
- Loosen anything around the individual’s neck.
- DO NOT restrain the individual as the person may already be in an agitated or confused state.
- DO NOT put anything in the individual’s mouth.
- Gently guide the individual away from anything that may be dangerous ie: road, stove, etc.
- Follow the seizure protocol provided regarding medication administration.
- Reassure and help the individual as awareness returns.
IMPORTANT NOTE: It is important to remember that:
- Seizures typically do not last long
- Seizures end naturally
- No one can stop a seizure
- Seizures are NOT dangerous to others
After a Seizure:
After an individual experiences a seizure they enter a postictal period. This means that an individual may temporarily experience confusion, weakness, or sleepiness.