First aid for epileptic seizures

A selection of first aid information for seizures including how to put someone into the recovery position and what to do if someone is in 'status'. 

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First aid for epileptic seizures

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Someone being put into the recovery position

Everyone should know what to do when they see someone having a seizure.

Epileptic seizures can be divided into two main types: focal seizures and generalised seizures. Seizures can vary from one person to another and how people are affected and how they recover after seizures varies. How you can best help someone during a seizure depends on what type of seizure they have and how it affects them.

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Status epilepticus

A person's seizures usually last the same length of time each time they happen and stop by themselves. However, sometimes seizures do not stop or one seizure follows another without the person recovering in between. If this goes on for 5 minutes or more it is called status epilepticus or ‘status’.

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Information produced: January 2019

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