Safety During an Epileptic Seizure


Sarah Lewis, PharmD

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Seizures can be scary—for both the person having the seizure and those around them. You can prepare yourself ahead of time by learning basic seizure first aid.

The three main principles of this type of first aid are care, comfort and safety. In most cases, this is all that’s necessary to manage the situation. Know how to help when someone is having a seizure.

Stay calm.

The nature of seizures means they can be unpredictable. You may not know they are coming or how long they’ll last. Whether they take you by surprise or not, one of the main things to remember is to stay calm. Most seizures last only a few seconds or minutes. Staying calm will reassure the person having the seizure as well as others around you.

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

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