Firstly checking for any dangers. Make sure the area around the person having the seizure is safe.
Protect the head where possible. Perhaps placing a jacket or pillow, if available, under their head.
You notice they are wearing a medic alert necklace and it says the person has epilepsy.
Closely watch the person until the seizure has finished, then place them on to their side.
Stay with them and reassure them whilst monitoring their condition.
DO NOT put anything into their mouth and DO NOT restrain them.
Call 111 if the person has hurt themselves during the seizure, the seizure lasts more the 5 minutes or if the seizure stops and another starts, you believe they are pregnant or a seizure is in water.
There are many different seizure types, and signs will differ between people. Follow a person’s seizure management plan if there is one in place.
If at anytime you are unsure, Call 111.
Not all seizures result from epilepsy; other causes include low blood sugar, head injury, poisoning, drug use, alcohol withdrawal and fever in children under six.
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