Here are some tips how you can help a friend that suddenly has a seizure, if it derives from epilepsy, from a accident or just a random seizure that is a form of an allergic reaction.

A seizure is a change in behavioral state which results from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. A seizure is when a person’s body starts convulsively jerking without any control because they’re unconscious.

1. Stay calm.

2. Call 911 if the person is having her first seizure or is pregnant.

3. Try to time the seizure. Seizures usually do not last longer than 60 to 120 seconds. If the seizure lasts longer than 3 minutes, call 911.

4. If the person is standing, prevent her from falling by holding her in a hug, or try to help her gently to the floor.

5. Move away furniture or other objects that might injure the person during the seizure.

6. If the person having a seizure is on the ground when you arrive, try to position her on her side so that any saliva or vomit can leak out of her mouth rather than be swallowed or go down the windpipe.

7. Do not put anything, including your fingers, into the person’s mouth while she is seizing. You could chip the person’s tooth, or your finger could be bitten.

8. Do not try to hold the person down because this can cause injury, such as a dislocated shoulder.


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