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What should I do for a person who is having a seizure?

If you see someone having a seizure, do not leave to call 911. Instead, remain calm and help the person avoid harming himself or herself. Prevent the person from choking by rolling the person onto his or her side. Do not put anything in the person's mouth. Many onlookers attempt to do this, such as placing a spoon in the person's mouth, but it does not help.

Instead, cushion the person's head, loosen tight clothing and remove any objects - to keep the person from causing injury or harm. If the person wants to wander around, let him or her do so. Just stay with the person until the seizure stops and he or she recovers.

If the person is pregnant or the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, or if the person becomes injured during the seizure, then call 911.

  • Do not try to stop the seizure.
  • General principles of managing a seizure are to prevent injury, protect the person’s airway and make sure that the airway is open after the seizure has ended.
  • Do not hold or restrain the person.

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