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What is Epilepsy

 

What to do during a Seizures

Epilepsy is a medical condition also called a Seizure Disorder when a person has had two or more seizures unrelated to other medical problems it is considered having Epilepsy.

A Seizure is a strong surge of electrical activity in the brain effecting parts or all of the brain.

There are many symptoms of seizures that are not always recognized  as seizure related symptoms:

Blank Staring

Lip Smacking

Uncontrolled movements of the legs; a jerking like action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If someone is having a seizure:

Loosen clothing around the person's neck.

Do not try to hold the person down or restrain them. This can result in injury.

 

Do not insert any objects in the person's mouth. This can also cause injury.

 

Reassure concerned bystanders who may be upset and ask them to give the person room.

 

Remove sharp objects (glasses, furniture, and other objects) from around the person to prevent injury.

 

After the seizure, it is helpful to lay the person on their side to maintain an open airway and prevent the person from inhaling any secretions.

 

After a seizure, the person may be confused and should not be left alone.

 

In many cases, especially if the person is known to have epilepsy, it is not necessary to call 911.

 

Call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, or if another seizure begins soon after the first, or if the person cannot be awakened after the movements have stopped.

 

If you are concerned that something else may be wrong, or the person has another medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes, you should contact a doctor immediately.