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What You Should And Should Never Do If Your Partner or Someone Has an Epileptic Seizure

By Andrew Alpin, 10 May 2017


8 Now here’s what you should know about seizure in a nutshell

The most common form of seizure easily recognizable and also somewhat scary is a tonic – clonic seizure earlier known as grand mal seizures. A victim loses consciousness, the eyes will be rolled back, hands and legs will start stiffening and there will also be frothing from the mouth. Believe me if this happens at home to you partner or spouse it’s as scary as shit. Most seizures may last between 1 minute to 90 seconds but sometimes some may last longer than that in which case call emergency immediately.

  • Protect a person by removing harmful objects around him /her
  • Place a cushion under the head
  • Roll the person onto the side to avoid choking on vomit, froth or saliva.
  • Loosen upper clothing
  • If in a public place ask bystanders to stay back
  • Once the person has come around be reassuring and comfort the person
  • Stay with the person medical help arrives or you can rush the person to a doctor
  • Remain calm and observant for signs and symptoms that could be of help to medical authorities
  • Time the seizure if possible

Protect a person by removing harmful objects

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9 When medical help becomes an emergency

  • If the person is pregnant
  • If the person is continuously having tonic clonic seizures one after another
  • Call emergency 911 and an ambulance if the seizure is more than 5 minutes
  • They are injured or running a high fever
  • The person doesn’t regain consciousness or isn’t breathing
  • The person has trouble walking or is walking awkwardly after recovery
  • If the person had a seizure after a bad headache or injury

When medical help becomes an emergency

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10 Points to remember which may be helpful for paramedics and doctors

  • If the person has a history of seizures at any point of time in life
  • The length of the seizure
  • How the person moved
  • Injuries from the seizure

One big point to remember is that when a seizure involves a spouse, partner or relative at home, an injury may have caused the seizure as a result of a fall which is possible. Look for injuries such as a bruised cheek, facial swelling or a bump on the head even if it is a small one. Stay safe as my partner is fully recovered too. Share this around if you found it helpful as much as I did. The information here has been compiled from several authority medical sites online.

Epileptic Seizure

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