When helping someone with a seizure, it’s important to remain calm. This podcast discusses what to do if you witness someone having a seizure. Created: 11/26/2015 by MMWR.
Date Released: 11/26/2015. Series Name: A Minute of Health with CDC.
A MINUTE OF HEALTH WITH CDC
Responding to Seizures
National Epilepsy Awareness Month — November 2015
Recorded: November 10, 2015; posted: November 12, 2015
[Announcer] This program is presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes recurrent seizures. Nearly three million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Epilepsy. Seizures have many signs. Typically, a person might suddenly stare, appear confused, or be unable to speak. They might stiffen, fall, shake, and lose awareness of their surroundings. When helping, you should remain calm and provide comfort. If they fall, help them lie on their side to keep their airway clear. Also, cushion their head and remove objects that could possibly cause injury. Most seizures end quickly. If it continues for more than five minutes, or the person has injured themselves, call 911.
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