First Aid For Epileptic Fits (Epilepsy)

First aid in case of seizure with epilepsy

  • Keep calm. Prevent the person from hurting if possible to prevent the person from falling and stabbing
  • Stay with the person, but do not try to stop the attack, usually overtaking yourself within 2-3 minutes
  • It is important not to put anything in the mouth of the person
  • Call ambulance if the seizure / seizures last more than 5 minutes, the attack repeats or occurs during bathing or if the person has been injured.

Background to Epilepsy

  • Epilepsy is a collective term for various types of seizures that are caused by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain
  • An epilepsy drop may occur suddenly and seem very dramatic, while in other cases it may resemble short-lived daydreaming

Typical symptoms and signs

During the attack

  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • The body stiffens
  • Repeated ripples in the arms and legs
  • Blue lips due to reduced / discontinued breathing
  • Frog on the mouth
  • tongue biting
  • Involuntary urination and stools

After the attack

  • Often relax and sore the muscles
  • Confusion and lack of memory of the attack

First aid

1. Prevent the person from being injured

  • Keep calm. Most attacks occur after 2-3 minutes
  • Prevent the person from falling and striking
  • Put something soft under your head
  • Clear the area around the person for items that you can look forward to
  • Stay with the person

2. After the attack

  • Place the person in stable sideways
  • Wait for the person to take care of himself
  • After the attack, you are often confused and very tired

What you should not do

  • Attempt to hold the person in the belief that it can stop the attack
  • Put something in the mouth of the person
  • Give the person something to eat or drink during the seizure

Call medical support if

  • The seizure / seizures last more than 5 minutes
  • The attack repeats itself
  • The attack occurs during bathing
  • The person has been injured
  • The person is not known with epilepsy
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