Here’s what to do when someone has a seizure (tip: don’t run away)

Empathy & action for those having seizures

The Epilepsy Foundation’s latest campaign is to “rewire the fight-or-flight reaction most people have when seeing someone have a seizure and replace it with empathy and action”.

Here’s what to do when someone has a seizure:

The three Ss of seizure first aid

Remain calm. Remember Three Ss: Stay, Safe, Side.

· Stay with the person having a seizure.
· Make sure the person is Safe.
· If the the person convulses, turn him/her on their Side.
· Never put anything in the person’s mouth.
· If the seizure persists longer than 5 minutes, call 911.

Via the Epilepsy Foundation:
· Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder worldwide with no age, racial, social class, national or geographic boundaries.

Abnormal electrical impulses in the brain

· Public misunderstanding about epilepsy causes social challenges like bullying, discrimination, and depression. People don’t want to talk about it, but we can no longer ignore it.
· Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are 3.4 million people in the U.S. living with active epilepsy – that’s more than Autism Spectrum Disorders, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Cerebral Palsy combined. Yet, Epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those neurological disorders.

Dr. Timothy Allen
Neurology Specialists of the Rockies

Empathy & action for those living with Epilepsy

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