It can be frightening to see someone have a seizure. When you are in a situation which is more dangerous, this can occur more often because the person with epilepsy can suffer with stress. This often brings on the seizure. It is important to know what to do in a case like this. Many people become anxious, but it is important to stay calm.
There are different types of seizures that epileptics suffer from. It is important to know a little bit about this, and whether someone is having an episode. You will know more about what to do during these times. Sometimes, they will stare into space, such as in the case of a petit mal seizure. However, with a grand mal seizure, the person will lose consciousness and start to convulse.
- Stay calm – Of course, it can be frightening, but the person having the seizure will benefit from someone who is less anxious. This especially applies in the case of someone who is having a grand mal seizure. Hold their hand. Make sure that they are lying on their side. Don’t put anything in their mouth. Make sure that their head is supported. Move any objects around them which are going to injure the body as they begin to convulse.
- Keep the crowds away– There will be crowds of people who will naturally gather around. A person who wakes up from a seizure during a natural disaster will be more traumatized. It will especially make them more anxious to find people looking down on them. Make sure that they are in a safe environment.
- When to call emergency services – Most people who have seizures will not be admitted to hospital. However, if they have a seizure that lasts for more than 5 minutes or if they have another one straight afterwards, you need to call 911. Often, people call for an ambulance as soon as the patient is having a seizure, but it is not necessary. A lot of people with epilepsy have seizures every month and take medication. There is nothing that the hospital can do for them.
- What to do when they recover – It is important to reassure them as they begin to recover. Often, they will be disoriented. This is especially difficult when they are in a foreign place, such as when the patient has been evacuated. Assure them that they are safe. Make sure that they have no injuries. Often, they are bleeding from the mouth. Give them some water. They usually want to sleep, so make them feel comfortable. It can take some time until they realize what has happened. You have to be gentle and explain the situation. Sometimes, they would have lost their memory for a split second, so don’t panic, this will come back after a couple of minutes.
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