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Watch the video, in which Zed is helped while having a seizure.

Use the information below the video to remind yourself how to help someone who is having a seizure.


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

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Restraining them may cause injury to you or them. Let the seizure run its normal course.


After the seizure, help the person to rest on their side with their head tilted back.

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This will make sure they keep breathing.


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