Seizure First Aid: A Compassionate Guide on Providing Care
Witnessing someone experience a seizure can be distressing, but knowing how to respond is crucial. This blog post outlines step-by-step instructions on providing care for a person during a seizure.
- Maintain Calmness: Stay calm and reassure others. Most seizures are brief and resolve on their own. Avoid panic and create a safe space around the person.
- Time the Seizure: Note the time the seizure begins. If it lasts longer than five minutes, or if another seizure follows immediately, call 911
- Protect from Injury: Gently guide the person to the floor if they are not already there. Place them on their side to prevent choking and clear the surrounding area of any hazards.
- Do Not Restrain: Never restrain the person during a seizure. Allow the seizure to run its course. Do not insert anything into their mouth, as it could cause injury.
- Cushion the Head: Place a soft object or folded clothing under the person's head to prevent head injuries. Remove eyeglasses if possible.
- Stay Present: Stay with the person until the seizure ends. Offer comfort and reassurance as they regain consciousness. Be prepared for confusion or disorientation.
- Monitor Breathing: After the seizure, ensure the person is breathing normally. If the person stops breathing, call 911 and begin CPR.
- Follow-Up: Encourage the person to seek medical care. Seizures may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that could require treatment.
Empathy, calmness, and knowledge are essential when providing care during a seizure. By following these steps, you can create a safe environment and offer support to someone experiencing a seizure, contributing to their overall well-being.