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What should my family do if I have a seizure?

Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Medicine

It can be a frightening experience to see your loved one having a seizure.  The most important thing to remember when helping a person having a seizure is safety.  Keep the head safe by either cradling it in your lap or putting a pillow under the head.  Do not put fingers or any object in the person’s mouth.   Keep a record of the time and duration of the seizure so you can give to the doctor.    Many times the person will have no recollection of the seizure.  They may also be disoriented and very sleepy for several hours after the actual seizure.  You can keep them comfortable during this time.

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