Seizure First Aid
How to take care of someone if you see them having a seizure.
Ease the person onto the floor.
Lay the person on their side (it helps the person to breathe)
Put something soft and flat under their head, like a jacket to keep from hitting their head on the ground.
Take of any jewelry or things around the neck that may restrict breathing.
Time the seizure.
PUT ANYTHING IN THE PERSON’S MOUTH. A person cannot swallow their tongue during a seizure. Putting something like a wallet in a person’s mouth during a seizure will block their airway.
Try to hold a person down or stop their movements.
Attempt to give CPR or similar breaths.
Offer the person any food or water immediately after a seizure.
Do I call 911?
In general, it is not necessary to call 9-1-1 for a person who has a history of epilepsy, unless:
The person has trouble waking up/breathing
The seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes
The person immediately has another seizure
The person is hurt during the seizure (For example, falls and hits their head during the seizure)
If a person does NOT have a history of seizures, it is appropriate to call 9-1-1.
After a seizure:
If the person is not otherwise injured, the most important thing you can do as first aid is to make sure the person is safe and calm. After a seizure, help the person sit up and very simply explain to them what happened. It’s not uncommon for a person to be confused for a few minutes after a seizure. Make sure they get in a cab and get home safely.