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As alot of u know jojo my lovely wife has got epilepsy . I was wandering i u saw her.or someone else having a seizure would u know.what to do ...first make sure yhe.person is breathing . DO NOT PUT YOUR FINGERS OR ANYTHING ELSE IN THEIR MOUTH AS THEY WILL BITE U .

TURN THEN ON THEIR SIDE INTO THE RRCOVERY.POSITION .MAKE SURE THEIR AIRWAY IS COMPLETLY CLEAR ..AND FONE THE AMBULANCE .. TIME THE FITS. TRY MAKR THEM AS COMFORTABLE AS THEY CAN BE AN KEEP THEM SAFE FROM HURTING THEMSELVES .KEEP CHECKING THEY'RE BREATHING ... LEARN AND YOU PROBABLY SAVE SOMEONES LIFE ....

DarrenHelsby
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BW07

Good advice. Although dont try and put them in the recovery position until theyve stopped.

Dont hold their head. Try and throw a blanket under their head if possible.

Protect their dignity by getting rid of people staring.

Call 999 immediately unless you know 100% their fitting patterns and severity. 999 wont mind if they are not needed they will be happier to assist than not.

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DarrenHelsby

Sorry to disagree but my wife has epilepsy and they advise to call 999 if the seizure lasts 5 mins tops .

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BW07

DarrenHelsby yep. I said call 999 unless you you know 100% their fitting patterns and severity.

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JohuraBegum

just to add to everything you both. It’s worth noting how long seizure duration was. Apparently longer than 15minutes Should be taken to A&E to have medical tests done.

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DarrenHelsby

Sorry wifes epileptic n 5 mins tops to ring ambulance

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JohuraBegum

DarrenHelsby you are correct. I find it so scary. How does one deal with it thoug?

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DarrenHelsby

JohuraBegum i met my wife 9yrs ago and she had it then she was embaRressed of telling me n thought if she did i wouldnt love her . I panicked the first time i saw her n her daughter was there so she just took over n tLked me through it and what to do and not to do .. she was 13 n it didnt phase her as she had lived with it from being born. Jojo has both grand mal n petite mal seizures . The grand mal shes having a full blown sizure shakes bites her tongue n sometimes wets herself . The petite mal are like a trance n she slaps her lips or waves an arm . She cant here anything and sometimes its hard to tell shes having a petite mal as she just sat their starring into space ... once shes come round shes disorientated and goes to bed . Unless the fit lasts over 5 mins no ambulance or hospital visit as all the do is put in a room n tell her to sleep

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JohuraBegum

DarrenHelsby Hi. Sorry hear about this. It’s so difficult but we have to learn to accept and find ways to cope I suppose. My baby had seizures just a little before his 2nd birthday. its traumatic for me, has never witness since things before.

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SalmaS

Never had a first hand experience. But I do have a first aid qualification. I think its very important to know what to do as you could possibly save a life

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GlitchHunter

Move things away from the person also, chairs/ tables, anything they could hit themselves on. Don't restrain them, let them fit. Always call an ambulance because you don't know if the person has epilepsy or not.

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Username55157

I knew someone that said they had epilepsy so got training as part of my first aid training, turned out they were lying about having it but it is still a useful think to have knowledge of

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nicoledbradburn

Don't touch them.. Let them go down

try to quickly to move anything near them that will hurt them.

Wait till the sezuire has ended.

Most people will say call ambulance all the tine

Not good idea depending how bad the sezuire is.

Some people who come out of a sezuire will need few hours sleep because will be heavy over tired.

Going to the hospital if they are in this condition makes it worse because some people the fatigue affects amount of sezuires

So if they are in the hospital for hours, they could have another sezuires

Some with a little sezuire doesn't need a doctor or hospital just needs to sit down for few minutes.

Its best to ask them what they want to do.

If sezuire is more then 5mintues and it's bad one just call the ambulance.

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Johnny

I suggest putting the free St John‘s Ambulance FIRST AID app on your mobile phone, and familiarise yourself with it - good info on recovery position, keeping airways clear etc.

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Chelsea0121

Yes first aid trained on how to deal with them if anyone is unsure always phone 999

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Johnny

Here's some advice from St John's Ambulance

http://www.sja.org.uk/sja/first-aid-advice/illnesses-and-conditions/seizures-fits-in-adults.aspx

Seizures (fits) ‒ in adults

A seizure can be caused by something interrupting the electrical activity in the brain. This leads the muscles in the body to contract uncontrollably and usually causes the person to lose responsiveness. It’s also known as a convulsion or fit.

In adults, seizures are the most common symptom of epilepsy, but they can be caused by other things, such as a head injury, alcohol poisoning or someone with diabetes having a 'hypo' when their blood glucose is too low.

Epilepsy is a condition which affects the brain and causes repeated seizures, which are often sudden and dramatic.

Watch our video - seizures

What to look for - seizures

With any kind of seizure it is really important to keep checking:

  • their level of response and pulse
  • and that the person is breathing.

It is also important to protect them from harming themselves during the fit

If you think someone is having a seizure, there are six key things to look for:

  1. Sudden loss of responsiveness
  2. Rigid body with an arching back
  3. Noisy difficult breathing
  4. Convulsions (jerky uncontrolled movements)
  5. Loss of bladder and bowel control
  6. Afterwards they may be confused, tired and fall into a deep sleep

What you need to do - seizures

Don’t restrain or move them.

Protect them from hurting themselves. Clear away any potentially dangerous objects, like hot drinks or sharp objects.

Make a note of the time when the seizure started and how long it lasts.

Protect their head by placing something soft underneath it, like a towel, and loosen any clothing around their neck.

Once the seizure has stopped, they may fall into a deep sleep – if they do, open their airway and check their breathing.

If they’re breathing, put them in the recovery position.

Recovery position

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If they stop breathing at any point, prepare to treat someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.

Keep checking their breathing, pulse and level of response.

Call 999 or 112 for medical help if:

  • it’s the casualty's first seizure, or the cause is unknown
  • they’re having repeated seizures
  • the seizure lasts more than five minutes
  • they’re unresponsive for more than ten minutes.
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KirstyW

I'm peadiatric first aid trained and had a friend with epilepsy and witnessed a seizure, so I know what to do, but its quite scary in the moment. Its making that person safe and comfortable cos it isn't a pleasant experience

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