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What to do when someone has a seizure?

What to do when someone has a seizure?

If you’ve never witnessed someone having a seizure, it can be terrifying because there are a lot of unknowns.

 

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and it’s aimed at educating people about epilepsy and working towards a cure.

 
“What we mean when we use the word epilepsy is that someone has had a seizure or had two or more seizures and we think they are prone to having more seizures without something that is specifically setting them off,” says Sanford Neurologist Dr. Amanda Diamond.

 

1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy sometime in their life

“The best thing to do, if you come upon someone who is having a seizure or you witness a seizure, is to try and make sure that person is safe in their environment,” says Dr. Diamond.

 
You need to gently roll them on one side, support their head, and remove any dangerous objects nearby. Dr. diamond says don’t restrain someone having a seizure and never force something into their mouth.

 
“Seizures are actually very forceful and can result in broken bones or dislocated joints if you try to hold someone during the midst of them,” says Dr. Diamond.

 

If you’ve never witnessed someone having a seizure, it can be terrifying because there are a lot of unknowns.

 

November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month and it’s aimed at educating people about epilepsy and working towards a cure.

 
“What we mean when we use the word epilepsy is that someone has had a seizure or had two or more seizures and we think they are prone to having more seizures without something that is specifically setting them off,” says Sanford Neurologist Dr. Amanda Diamond

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According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 1 in 26 people will develop epilepsy sometime in their life.

 
“The best thing to do, if you come upon someone who is having a seizure or you witness a seizure, is to try and make sure that person is safe in their environment,” says Dr. Diamond.

 
You need to gently roll them on one side, support their head, and remove any dangerous objects nearby. Dr. diamond says don’t restrain someone having a seizure and never force something into their mouth.

 
“Seizures are actually very forceful and can result in broken bones or dislocated joints if you try to hold someone during the midst of them,” says Dr. Diamond.

Source: Valley News Live

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