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Questions and answers about first aid for babies and children: epileptic seizure

Here are some questions people often ask. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please feel free to email us at or use this form.


Should I try to keep the child’s tongue forward or put something in their mouth to stop them biting themselves?


No, do not go anywhere near the baby or child’s mouth or put anything in it. This may injure both of you. Make the area safe and prevent injury by removing items that may cause them harm while you wait for the seizure to finish.


How do I know if have epilepsy?


You may find some form of identification on them such as a card, bracelet or necklace that will give you information about their condition. There will be a ‘first time’ a baby or child experiences an epileptic seizure, which may be very frightening for them and you.


When should I call 999?


Call 999 if any of the following apply:

  • it is the baby or child’s first seizure
  • the seizure lasts longer than five minutes
  • the baby or child has hurt themselves
  • you are unsure as to the cause of the seizure

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