How to Help Someone Who is Having a Seizure

How to Help Someone Who is Having a Seizure
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Roughly 260,000 Canadians have epilepsy, according to the Canadian Epilepsy Alliance. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that can cause seizures.

Since it was recently World Epilepsy Day, we want to explain what to do and not to do if someone is having a seizure.

Take these steps when someone is having a seizure.

1.)   First, steer them clear of danger, including moving cars, hot stoves, or sharp objects.

2.)   After, gently lower them onto the floor and roll them onto their side. They’ll breathe easier if they’re in this position.  

3.)   Put a pillow or something soft under their head to reduce their risk of injury.

4.)   Take off their eyeglasses and loosen clothing around their neck.

5.)   Start timing their seizure and set an alarm for five minutes later.

6.)    Stay with them. After they wake up, tell them what happened and where they are. They may not remember what happened right before and during their seizure.

7.)   After they’re awake and alert, help them move into a comfortable position.

8.Call 911 if their seizure lasts longer than five minutes or if they’re in any of the scenarios outlined in this article.

When someone is having a seizure, DO NOT:

1.)   Pin them to the ground. If you do, you could injure them.  

2.)   Give them food or water until they’re fully alert.

3.)   Perform CPR or mouth to mouth on them. They’ll likely start breathing normally on their own soon.

4.)    Put anything in their mouth; their airway must be clear for them to breathe properly.  

Learn about the different types of seizures and potential treatments by reading this article.