First aid care may be required if the child has a violent or vigorous convulsive seizures. In such a seizure, the child rapidly loses awareness, and develops violent stiffening followed by vigorous jerking of the limbs.
Children rarely die from a seizure. A single seizure is not life threatening.
There is little you can do to stop the seizure, but you can follow the DOs and DON’Ts to help the child:
- Keep calm. Don’t panic
- You need to think clearly to help the child.
- Pay attention and observe
- What you observe during the seizure (sequence of events, posture, length of seizure)
- Prevent injury
- Keep the child where he or she is
- Only move them if they are in dangerous situations, like on a road, or in a high place
- Do move things away from the child
- Slowly turn them over onto their sides
- This helps to prevent them from choking on their saliva, or if they should vomit
- Be sensitive and supportive
- Speak calmly and softly. Encourage onlookers not to crowd around the child
- Do not hold the person down.
- Allow the seizure to take its course.
- Do not put anything into the mouth, like a spoon or key.
- This is unnecessary and may cause injury to the mouth and tongue.
- Don’t give food, or medicines by mouth.
- Wait until the seizure stops and the child awakens fully before offering food.
- Don’t perform CPR or mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
- The child is not going to stop breathing, or die from a brief seizure.
Allow the child to sleep after the seizure.
IMPORTANT : Seek medical help if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes.
If your child has recurrent, prolonged seizures, then your doctor may instruct you on the use of Rectal Diazepam during a seizure.
|Last reviewed||:||26 April 2012|
|Content Writer||:||Dr. Irene Cheah Guat Sim|
|:||Dr. Terrance Thomas|
|:||Dr. Umathevi Paramasivam|
|Reviewer||:||Dr. Nor Azni b. Yahaya|