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It seems there are so many more people having and being diagnosed with seizures than ever before. Many times, we have needed to make an appointment for one of our patients and the neurologist did not have an opening for months. All neurologist are heavily booked with an overabundance of patients. Just in the last two years, two of my close friends have had seizures.
It is always advisable to know what to do in the event of someone we love or know when they are having a seizure.
For a child with generalized seizures move them away from hard, sharp or hot objects and place something under their head with them turned on one side to keep airway clear. Do not hold their tongue down or restrain movement. Observe the child care if they are having a Petit Mal and count and record episodes.
If the child is frightened, reassure him or her and follow the above instructions. If having a partial seizure speak calmly to the child and guide him/her to a safe place and stay close until the seizure has ended. With a Myoclonic seizure, speak calmly to the child and again, guide him/her to a safe place and stay close until seizure has ended. With Myoclonic Jerks reassure the child and check for injury from the fall. Comfort the child with an Atonic seizure and check for injury. Look for clusters of attacks with Infantile Spasms and comfort the child when an attack occurs.
Hopefully these hints of how to care for a family member or friend who has a seizure will better help you to understand and care for them.
Dr Fredda Branyon