8 Tips for Epilepsy Caregivers
The HealthCentral Editorial Team | April 15, 2014
Clear things away
If the person you are caring for has a seizure, it’s important to clear everything out of the way so they don’t hurt themselves. Seizures can involve falling, shaking and stiffness in the body.
Don’t hold the person down
Do not try to hold down the person having the seizure or try to stop the jerking movements that can occur. Seizures typically only lasts a minute or two.
Put something under their head
Use something flat and soft to put under the person’s head as they have a seizure. This can prevent them from hurting themselves.
Make sure nothing is tight around the neck
Make sure there is nothing tight around the person’s neck, such as a necktie or necklace. This allows the person to breathe without obstruction.
Turn the person on one side
Gently turning the person on their side can open their airway and prevent them from choking.
Don’t try to put something in their mouth
Don’t try to open their mouth or put anything in it during a seizure. Also, do not try to give him or her anything to drink. It is a myth that a person having a seizure can swallow his or her tongue.
Check the time
Look at your watch once the person starts to have a seizure. If it lasts for more than five minutes, call 911.