How to Treat Someone Having a Seizure | First Aid Training


So what do you do if you find someone who
is having a seizure? Number one, you want to stay calm. Assess the area, make sure there isn’t anything
that can cause injury to the person while they are having a seizure. You want to pay attention to the length of
the seizure. You want to clear onlookers away, you don’t
want to clutter up the area with people looking and ogling and gawking, you have to be sensitive
to the person who is having the seizure as well. Don’t put anything in the person’s mouth. I know that’s an old wives tale to put a spoon
or a wallet in their mouth. They will not swallow their tongue. You just need to ride out the seizure, you
don’t need to put anything in their mouth, it can cause more damage to stick something
in there. You don’t need to hold the person down, that
can also cause more damage if you’re fighting against them while they are shaking. Afterwords, you want to put them in the recovery
position. Roll them over to their side, that way if
they start to vomit, or any kind of saliva, or any kind of fluids come out it will fall
and they won’t choke. So once they’ve recovered you want to help
them up, get them to a safe place, it may take them a while to fully get back to their
normal self. If the seizure lasts for more than five minutes
you want to call 911. If the person suffering the seizure is pregnant
or diabetic you want to call 911. If it happens after a head blow, or after
ingesting any poison or chemical you want to call 911. If the person has another seizure withing
24 hours call 911. If the person is epileptic and has seizures
often they will wear a bracelet that says epileptic, this is part of their normal life. Be supportive, help them as much as you can
and be reassuring.