Seizure First Aid.
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100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
You never know when you could need this, this happened during a marching band rehearsal to one of our members. It was really scary, but if we had known this, it might’ve been a bit less scary.
Do not call 911 unless the seizure lasts over 5 minutes. Ambulances are expensive and usually unnecessary. If there is a person with the one having a seizure who is family or friend, do not call an ambulance unless they tell you to.
My mother has seizures. She’s had them 15 years or so. There is nothing that a doctor or paramedic can do for her that we don’t already know.
Always support the head and neck and if you can make sure that the person experiencing the seizure is not mindlessly slapping hard surfaces, but do not hold them down. This is for grand mal seizures which are very physical. In petit mal seizures, you don’t always see the violent physical reactions, but be mindful all the same of the physical space they are in.
When a person comes out they are often very confused or may become emotional. Be supportive and don’t leave them until they indicate to you that it’s okay. Ask them who you can call, and then do so. Explain to the caretaker in terms of how long the seizure was and what happened. Stay with the person who seized until someone comes or they are physically able to be okay. Offer to get them water or something to drink. Dual events for seizures can happen, so it’s important to stay nearby just in case until all risk is gone.
All of this above but if you know the person does not have seizures normally call for an ambulance.