What to do during an epileptic seizure What to do during an epileptic seizure

What to do during an epileptic seizure

Armony in health 17 August, 2018 Maria Clara Restrepo E.

This is a condition caused by abnormal neural functioning in an area of the brain. Learn how to respond to an episode.

According to the webpage MedlinePlus, this disease is a brain disorder that causes people to experience recurrent seizures. These occur when the neurons in the brain send out the wrong signals. People may have strange sensations and emotions or behave in a strange way. They may also experience violent muscle spasms or lose consciousness.

What to do during an episode

An epileptic seizure cannot be stopped. Preventing the person from harming themselves is therefore key. The Neurological Institute of Colombia provides a few tips on how to treat someone who is having episode.

What to do

  • Remove dangerous objects from the person such as eyeglasses or other objects that may injure them and put something soft under their head.
  • Ask bystanders to leave and give them space.
  • If their clothing is tight, loosen it so that it does not interfere with their breathing.
  • Carefully place the person on their side so that saliva or any liquid can get out without choking them.
  • If the episode lasts longer than five minutes, call an ambulance.

What not to do

  • Do not force the person to open their mouth or put something in it so they do not bite their tongue.
  • Do not move the person to another location.
  • Do not hold the person down to try to stop the seizure.
  • Do not shout to or shake the person to try to wake the person up.
  • Do not force the person to drink or take anything (water or medication).

While there is no conclusive solution to this disease, there are treatments to help cope with it and have a better quality of life, “…which has made it possible for between 70% and 80% of people with epilepsy to keep their episodes under control” states the Neurological Institute of Colombia on its website.

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