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Baby and Child First Aid

First aid for babies and children:
epileptic seizure

Watch the video, in which a child is treated for an epileptic seizure, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

 

The baby or child has collapsed and is making sudden jerking movements.

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They may also have froth around their mouth.

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Use a blanket or clothing to protect their head from injury. Do not restrain them.

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Restraining them may cause injury to you or them. Let the seizure run its normal course. Remove objects that may injure the baby or child while they are having the seizure.

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When the seizure is over, help the baby or child to rest on their side with their head tilted back.

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Helping them to lie on their side with their head back will make sure they keep breathing.

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Call 999 if necessary.

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