Story by: Kim Huston on October 8, 2019
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 out of 10 people may have a seizure in their lifetime. Having a seizure is much more common than many people realize –– and one day, you may need to help someone. Do you know what to do when someone has a seizure? How do you provide seizure first aid?
There are a lot of myths about helping someone experiencing a seizure. Knowing what not to do can help make sure that the child, teen or adult having the seizure is immediately safe. If you see someone having a seizure:
There are many types of seizures that people can experience. Most people think of the tonic-clonic (grand mal), convulsing type seizures. The most important thing in providing help to a person experiencing a seizure is to give general care and comfort and keep the person safe.
You can provide support for any kind of seizure by following these steps:
Connect to the Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute neurology team
When your child has a seizure for the first time, it can be frightening. Children can experience a wide variety of seizures and epilepsy conditions and syndromes. Epilepsy can start at any age, as young as infancy. Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, can help discover what may have caused the seizure and begin treatment that’s tailored to your child.
Some epilepsy conditions are easily treated and managed by medicines, and others may be severe and require surgery. Our physicians can work with you and your child to develop a treatment plan that can lead to your child becoming seizure-free. Norton Children’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has held the highest rating available from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers since 2013.