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What to do if a seizure occurs?

During a seizure:

  1. STAY CALM and reassure others. Witnessing a seizure can be a frightening and upsetting experience for all individuals involved.
  2. TIME THE SEIZURE
  3. Remove any hazards or obstacles that may result in injury to the individual.
  4. Loosen anything around the individual’s neck.
  5. DO NOT restrain the individual as the person may already be in an agitated or confused state.
  6. DO NOT put anything in the individual’s mouth.
  7. Gently guide the individual away from anything that may be dangerous ie: road, stove, etc.
  8. Follow the seizure protocol provided regarding medication administration.
  9. 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.