Seizures can occur in children for a number of different reasons. This article will focus on the first aid management of seizures. It will outline the basic steps you need to carry out in order to protect the child from coming to harm. Some children have a tendency to have seizures and are therefore known as “epileptic’, others may have a seizure for the very first time. Sometimes people will have a medical alert bracelet or carry a card with information about underlying medical problems
What should you do if a child has a seizure?
If you encounter a child having a seizure, follow the steps below. You can also download a patient information leaflet using the link on the right of this post.
Try to comfort them; ensure they are not hurting themselves
Move them away from anything that might harm them
Cushion their head if they are on the ground
Loosen any tight clothing, especially around their neck
Turn them on their side when the convulsions stop
Stay with them and talk to them calmly
Try to record how long the seizure lasts and video if possible as this will aid the diagnosis
Do not put anything in their mouth
When should you call an ambulance?
When someone has a seizure for the first time
If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes
The patient has a series of seizures without regaining consciousness