Seizures Video: What to Do if Your Child Has a Seizure

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What to do if your child has a seizure

There are many types of seizures. The most common is fever-related, called a febrile seizure. They happen most often in six month to six year olds. It’s important for all caregivers to know how to manage them.

First, stay calm. The child and anyone else nearby will take your cue about how to behave. Then focus on preventing injury.

Stay close to the child but don’t hold them down. Move any objects that are sharp or hard; and, if your child will let you, roll them onto their side or so fluids drain out of their mouth.

Now make them as comfortable as possible. Take off any tight clothing, especially around the neck. Take off glasses or anything else hard. Then put something soft, like a folded jacket, under their head. Keep bystanders away from the child.

Watch to see how long the seizure lasts, and note how your child looks and moves so you can give the doctor an accurate report later.

Don’t give the child water, food, or medication until the seizure is over and the child is fully alert. They may be drowsy or confused for a while after the seizure. Stay calm and be reassuring.

Once the seizure has passed, it’s a good idea to take your child to the doctor or nearest Emergency Department.

If your child’s seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, call 911.

Before we go, let’s dispel some myths around seizures. First, it’s not true that a child can swallow their tongue. Don’t put anything in their mouth to try and prevent that.

Also, febrile seizures don’t cause brain damage. Most children don’t need any medication, and they tend to go away as the child gets older.

For more information, please see Epilepsy and Seizures.  

Key points

  • Stay calm, that will keep your child calm

  • Keep your child safe and comfortable

  • Monitor how long the seizure lasts and how your child moves 

 

 12/19/2011







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