Learn first aid for someone who is having an epileptic seizure

1. The person has collapsed and is making sudden jerking movements.

They may also have froth around their mouth.

2. Make them safe and prevent injury. Use a blanket or clothing to protect their head. Do not restrain them.

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

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

This will make sure they keep breathing.

4. Call 999 if necessary.

The person needs urgent medical attention if:

  • it is their first seizure
  • the seizure lasts longer than five minutes
  • they have hurt themselves
  • you are unsure as to the cause of the seizure.

If you can’t call 999, get someone else to do it.

Watch how to help someone who is having an epileptic seizure (2 minutes 12 seconds)

Common questions about first aid for someone who is have an epileptic seizure

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


How do I know if they have epilepsy?


 

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

No, do not go anywhere near the person’s mouth or put anything in it. You risk injuring both of you.

Make the area safer for them and prevent injury by removing items that may cause the person harm while you wait for the seizure to finish.

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How do I know if they have epilepsy?

You may find some form of identification on the person, such as a card, bracelet or necklace that gives information about their condition. If you can’t find anything and are unsure if they have previously had seizures, call 999.

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