First Aid for Epilepsy Caregivers


Susan Fishman

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If your loved one suffers from epilepsy, you know how helpless you can feel watching him or her experience a seizure. Or perhaps you haven’t been present for one, but are nervous about how you might handle it. No matter how many seizures you may have witnessed, they can be unpredictable. It’s hard to tell how long they will last or what might happen. But knowing how to respond safely and when to get help is the best way to prepare.

Protect, Care and Comfort

Some people remain fully aware and alert during a seizure; others may seem alert, but really aren’t aware of what’s going on. The main goal during any seizure is to protect the person from harm until his full awareness returns.

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by seizures—but it can affect everyone in different ways. Do you know the facts?

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Nov 6, 2015

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