- Stay calm. Never attempt to restrain someone having a seizure. Simply let the seizure take its course. Remember a person having a seizure is not always aware of their actions and may not be able to hear you.
- Time the seizure. If it repeats or lasts longer than 5 minutes, call for medical attention.
- Consider safety hazards. Move any sharp objects or obstacles out of the way. If the person is wandering about, stay by their side and gently steer them away from danger. If you perceive the person to be unconscious loosen tight clothing such as a necktie or scarf.
- If the person has fallen to the ground, roll them on to their left side and place something soft under their head.
- NEVER INSERT ANYTHING INTO THEIR MOUTH.
- After the seizure has subsided, speak to the person in a gentle, quiet and friendly manner. Be comforting and reassuring as they may be confused and disoriented. Stay with them until full consciousness returns, and offer assistance.
Please download and print the First Response Protocol for Seizures
ADVOCATE FOR YOURSELF - Take the Lead in Your Seizure Management. Develop your own Emergency Response Action Plan.
Your Plan Could Include:
- Your personal details
- In Case of Emergency - contact details
- Medical History
- Personal medication details including frequency and quantity of each medication
- Physician details
- Seizure Journal - types of seizures
- Photo ID
Retain all this information in a safe place, keep it accessible, and inform others of your emergency plan.