Seizure First Aid.
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100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
This is so important!
Really good friend of mine from work back home had seizures a few times on the job. This is crucial information.
Also, a friend with epilepsy made the excellent point before that if you want to help, you should also be prepared to stop other people who might try to push in and do clueless things that might put the person in danger. Because they will sometimes try anyway. :/
You also need to call emergency (in the US this is 911 … is it 999 in the UK?) if the person has a second seizure very soon after the first one ends, especially if they don’t regain consciousness in between. (It is normal for it to take about half an hour to go from the end of a seizure to being sort of awake and slowly starting to become responsive. Or at least, that’s the case when my wife has a seizure, I’ve only had first hand experience observing hers. It also seems to be normal for there to be some REM sleep soon after a seizure. But it’s not normal, or certainly not good, to have a second seizure before they start to recover from the first.)
If a person is having their very first seizure in their entire life, it is a good idea for them to either go to ER or at least make an appointment with a neurologist very quickly, even if the seizure might otherwise seem “normal” for a person known to have epilepsy. If they’re under age 30, it may be that they have epilepsy and are just now starting to show signs of it. People who have epilepsy for genetic reasons don’t necessarily start having seizures at birth, it can begin in childhood or during puberty or even in their 20s. But there are other things that can cause seizures that should also be investigated, including the possibility of a brain tumor, etc. So if you don’t know for sure that a person has epilepsy, then a first-time seizure needs to be investigated quickly to rule out the more scary possibilities.