Assisting Someone With A Seizure

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Overview

A seizure is an unexpected incident caused by an electrical fault in the brain. With a seizure, an individual has a change in awareness, feeling, or body movements.

Signs And Symptoms

A seizure is an unexpected incident caused by an electrical fault in the brain. With a seizure, an individual has change in awareness, feeling, or body movements.

A seizure is an unexpected incident caused by an electrical fault in the brain. With a seizure, an individual has change in awareness, feeling, or body movements.

There are several kinds of seizures. Common types are:

A Tonic Clonic Seizure. This is also referred to as a grand mal seizure. A convulsion takes place with this type of seizure.

Signs of a convulsion include:

  • Short-term loss of consciousness collapsing.
  • The arms and legs harden, shake, and twitch.
  • This type generally lasts about 1 to 2 minutes. When it finishes, the person’s muscles will start to relax. They might lose control over their bladder, be disordered, have a migraine, and fall asleep.
  • An Absence Seizure. This is also referred to as a petit mal seizure. A convulsion does not follow with this seizure.

An absence seizure can display the following signs:

  • Blank glares. It looks like the individual is dreaming or not paying attention.
  • Lip smacking. Constant blinking, grinding of teeth or hand movements.
  • This kind of seizure generally lasts only a couple of seconds, but can occur several times a day. When the seizure stops, the individual is not disordered but is not conscious that the seizure occurred.

First Aid Steps

  • Stay composed. Shield the individual from injury. Protect the head with a cushion, a coat, etc. Move dangerous items out of the way.
  • Untie any tight clothing, particularly around the neck.
  • If the individual vomits, make sure their airway is clear.
  • Don’t hold the individual down. Nothing should be placed in their mouth.
  • Take note of how long the seizure lasts and the symptoms that follow.
  • Phone for an ambulance.

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