National Epilepsy Awareness Month

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Posted by: Brandi Roby on Monday, November 30, 2015 at 3:00:00 pm

November – National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Epilepsy affects 2.5 million people in the U.S. and is characterized by recurring seizures. Not everyone that has a seizure has epilepsy, but seizures are common enough that we could all benefit from knowing how to keep a person safe when they are having a seizure.

DO:

  • Ease the person to the floor and onto their side.
  • Clear the area of objects that might cause injury.
  • Put something soft under the person’s head, remove eyeglasses and loosen anything around their neck.
  • Time the seizure.

DON’T:

  • Do NOT hold the person down or try to stop their movements.
  • Do NOT put anything in their mouth.
  • Do NOT give mouth-to-mouth breaths.
  • Do NOT offer the person water or food until he or she is fully alert.

Call 911 if:

  • The person has never had a seizure before or has a health condition like diabetes, heart disease or is pregnant.
  • The person is hurt during the seizure or has difficulty breathing or waking afterwards.
  • The seizure happens in water.
  • The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or is followed by another seizure.

Seizure first aid information was taken from the cdc.gov website.

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