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What Should I Do after a Seizure?

After a seizure, it's crucial to rest and recover. Ensure safety by lying on your side, and stay calm as orientation returns. Seek medical advice, especially if it's a first-time event. Hydration and a peaceful environment aid recuperation. Remember, each person's needs differ post-seizure. Curious about personalized post-seizure care strategies? Continue exploring with us for a deeper understanding.
Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Watching a person have a seizure can be a frightening experience, but acting promptly may help save the victim's life. Simple steps can be taken to ensure the safety of both the victim and witnesses of the seizure, so understanding what to do after a seizure is a crucial step in the first aid process. When a seizure has subsided, the first thing you should do is turn the victim onto his or her side so saliva or vomit can drain from the mouth. This prevents choking and keeps airways from being blocked.

It is not uncommon for a victim to want to sleep after a seizure. Sleeping is fine, but you should be sure the victim has regained consciousness after a seizure and before falling asleep. If the victim has another seizure without regaining consciousness after the first one, call emergency services immediately. If you know this is the first seizure the victim has ever experienced, call emergency services immediately. Another indication that a seizure may be serious and require medical attention is if the seizure lasts more than five minutes. The strain on the body can cause a slew of serious health issues, so the victim will need medical attention as soon as possible.

One indication that a seizure may be serious and require medical attention is if the seizure lasts more than five minutes.
One indication that a seizure may be serious and require medical attention is if the seizure lasts more than five minutes.

Take note of the length of the seizure as well as where it happened, what the victim was doing before the seizure, and any other relevant information that may help emergency services or a doctor assess the problem. This should be done after the victim has been turned on his side and made comfortable enough to rest. Be sure to clear the immediate area of any hard or sharp objects the victim may collide with should another seizure follow; this clearing should already have taken place during the seizure, but if it did not, do a double check while the victim rests.

Using illicit drugs can increase an individual's risk of seizures.
Using illicit drugs can increase an individual's risk of seizures.

Like any other first aid, its effectiveness varies depending on your ability to stay calm during and after a seizure. Fear is often contagious, and if you lose your calm, others are likely to panic as well, further exacerbating a bad situation. Take deep breaths and focus on helping the victim. When the victim regains consciousness, he or she may be disoriented or frightened. Speak calmly to them and tell them what happened. Encourage them to rest until they feel stable again, or until emergency services arrive on the scene. When emergency services do arrive, step away from the victim and allow the medical personnel the space they need to do their jobs effectively.

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Magnificat

Good article! People should know how to handle a person who is having a seizure as some can be triggered any time in public. To be able to aid someone who is having a seizure keeps them from becoming injured.

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    • One indication that a seizure may be serious and require medical attention is if the seizure lasts more than five minutes.
      By: Andrew Lever
      One indication that a seizure may be serious and require medical attention is if the seizure lasts more than five minutes.
    • Using illicit drugs can increase an individual's risk of seizures.
      By: aaabbc
      Using illicit drugs can increase an individual's risk of seizures.
    • Severe dehydration may cause a person to experience seizures.
      By: koszivu
      Severe dehydration may cause a person to experience seizures.
    • Long-term bulimia may cause seizures.
      By: Sylvie Bouchard
      Long-term bulimia may cause seizures.
    • A prolonged, high fever may cause seizures in babies.
      By: fred goldstein
      A prolonged, high fever may cause seizures in babies.
    • Emergency personnel should be called in the event of a severe seizure.
      By: storm
      Emergency personnel should be called in the event of a severe seizure.