What to Do If You Witness Someone Having a Seizure?

General Neurology located in Albuquerque, NM

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What to Do If You Witness Someone Having a Seizure?

Seeing someone experience a seizure can be startling, but with the right knowledge, you can confidently step in to help. Being prepared means turning a moment of panic into a moment of care and compassion.

In the blink of an eye, a routine day can turn into an urgent medical situation. Imagine you're at the coffee shop, and someone nearby suddenly starts convulsing. Would you know how to respond?

Seizures are more common than you might think, and there's a strong possibility that at some point in your life, you'll encounter someone experiencing one. Timothy Ownbey, DO, and the rest of the team at the Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque provide tailored treatment for patients with a range of neurological conditions. Whether you have a family member or friend with a seizure disorder, or are seeking general preparedness, our team can provide valuable information on steps to take should you need to help someone who is having a seizure. 

Understanding what to do during a seizure not only enhances the safety of the person experiencing it but also boosts your confidence in handling such situations. Let's explore the best course of action if you ever find yourself in the vicinity of someone having a seizure.

Remain calm

Your immediate reaction can dictate the tone of the entire situation. Keep calm, and approach the person slowly. Remember that while seizures may appear frightening, they're often not painful for the individual experiencing them. 

Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque frequently advises family members and friends of patients that staying collected helps ensure effective assistance.

Prevent injury

Safety first. Ensure that the person is away from any immediate dangers like traffic, sharp objects, or high places. Gently guide them to the ground, placing them on their side to keep their airways clear. To cushion their head, you can use a folded jacket or any soft item you have on hand.

Do not restrain

Holding someone down during a seizure can result in injuries. Moreover, it may increase their agitation or confusion once the seizure subsides. Instead of restraining, focus on safety and comfort, and allow the seizure to take its course.

Time the seizure

While it might seem secondary, timing the seizure can be valuable information for health care professionals. Most seizures last between one to two minutes. If a seizure goes on for more than five minutes or if the individual experiences successive seizures without regaining consciousness, it's crucial to seek emergency medical help.

Aftercare is essential

Post-seizure, individuals might feel disoriented or confused. Stay with them, offering comfort and reassurance. Ensure they're in a safe place and explain what happened, providing details gradually as their cognition returns. 

Educate and advocate

Your role doesn't end with the immediate response. Sharing your experience, educating others, and advocating for seizure awareness can make public spaces safer for everyone. Awareness reduces stigma and ensures that more individuals can respond effectively when faced with a seizure in their vicinity.

Arming yourself with knowledge can make a world of difference. At Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque, we're committed to ensuring that the community is well-informed and prepared. With understanding and compassion, we can create a safer environment for everyone. 

If you're interested in learning more about seizures and neurological health, feel free to reach out to us by calling or sending us a message online. Your proactive approach can be a beacon of hope and safety for many.