First Aids for Epilepsy

Seizures caused due to epilepsy may sometimes lead to severe outcome like fainting, accidents, etc which may require a quick first aid. A few first aid measures have been mentioned were which can be done to assist someone who has experienced a seizure of any kind.

When you come across an individual experiencing a seizure you may feel unprepared in handling the circumstance. Most often we tend to forget what we can use in such a situation is the best thing in our possession, i.e., the most important tool- common sense. The tips mentioned below are easy steps to be taken when taking any action for the individual having a seizure. First-aid is not at all complex, but it encompasses a series of actions as well as procedures. If there is someone in your house who is suffering from epileptic seizures and often needs assistance, you can easily learn the first aid methods in the classes offered by the various epilepsy treating societies.

Mostly seizure kinds like the generalized absence seizures or complex partial seizures that entail comparatively short-lived episodes of unresponsiveness do not necessitate any particular first-aid measures. All you can do is:

  • Stay calm and let the person recover
  • Help avert any kind of injury
  • In the course of the seizure, you can put into effect your common sense by making sure that there is nothing within the reach of the individual which could be harmful is by chance he or she struck it
  • Take notice of the duration of the seizure
  • Make the individual as comfortable as possible
  • Keep watcher away
  • Not to hold the individual down
  • If the individual experiencing a seizure is acting violently there is no need for you to stop them. Your safety is equally  essential
  • Don’t  put anything in the individual’s mouth
  • Opposing to accepted belief, an individual experiencing a seizure cannot swallow their tongue so you need not do silly things like sticking your fingers into the mouth of the person in this condition.
  • Do not give the individual water, pills, or anything else until he or she regains complete consciousness
  • If the seizure persist for more than 5 minutes call for immediate assistance of the physicians
  • You need to be sensitive as well as supportive
  • As the person regains consciousness from the seizure he or she should be placed on their left side as there can be a minor risk of post-seizure vomiting, before the individual is completely alert. Hence it is essential that the individual’s head has to be turned sideways so that the vomit will drain out of the mouth instead of being inhaled. You need to stay with the person until he or she recovers completely, which may take approximately 20 minutes.

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