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.
- 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.
- 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.