Convulsions - first aid - series
- When a seizure occurs, the main goal is to protect the person from injury. Try to prevent a fall by laying the person on the ground in a safe area. The area should be cleared of furniture or other sharp objects.
- Cushion the person's head.
- Loosen tight clothing, especially around the neck.
- The person should be turned on his or her side in case vomiting occurs. This keeps the vomit from being inhaled into the lungs.
- Look for a medical I.D. bracelet with seizure instructions.
- Stay with the person until help arrives. Meanwhile, monitor the person's vital signs (pulse, rate of breathing).
Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Department of Neurology, Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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