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How to support a loved one suffering seizures

How to help during a seizure

The main goal, if you experience a loved one having a seizure, is to make sure they don’t injure themselves.

  • Try to keep them from falling, or simply guide the person to the floor as gently as you can.
  • Try to move furniture or other objects out of the way so that they can’t injure the person during the seizure.
  • If you find the person having a seizure already on the ground, try to position the person on their side so that fluid can leak safely out of the mouth.
  • Do not force anything into the person's mouth.
  • Do not try to hold down the person. This can cause injury, mostly joint related.

How to help after a seizure

Once your loved one’s seizure subsides, there are still ways you can and should help out.

  • Check the person for injuries.
  • If you could not turn the person onto their side during the seizure, try to do so when the seizure ends and the body is a little more relaxed.
  • If the person is having trouble breathing, check their mouth for any vomit or excess saliva, an try to gently remove it with your finger. If this doesn’t work, you should call for emergency help.
  • Loosen any tight clothing around your loved one’s neck and waist.
  • Create a safe space for the person to rest.
  • Stay with the person until they’re awake and familiar with their surroundings. People will usually still feel sleepy or confused after a seizure.

Things to keep an eye on during a seizure

You may be able to provide valuable feedback to your loved one’s doctor by watching and studying certain things during a seizure.

  • Remember the way the person's body moved.
  • Keep track of how long the seizure lasted.
  • Try to remember how the person acted before the seizure.
  • Watch how the person acts right after the seizure.
  • Take note of any injuries your loved one suffered from the seizure.
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