Seizure First Aid.
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100% correct medical information on tumblr for once; also consider calling 911 if you don’t know how often the person has seizures and ESPECIALLY if the seizure has lasted 5 minutes or more (which is why the watch is critical)
I was about to say it would be helpful if it were explained why we need to time it, but I see a helpful sort has added this in. Well done, helpful sort.
May I also add, from being told previously by a seizure-prone person - no one is going to swallow their own tongue. That is not a thing. However, they may choke, suffocate, or otherwise suffer lacerations from you trying to shove something into their mouth to keep them from doing this impossible thing. On no account do this.
No one is going to swallow their own tongue, but if they were eating something prior to seizing, or if they start to vomit, they may choke or aspirate. This is why it is important to lay them on their side, and try to clear their airway when you see signs of a seizure begin, (confusion, involuntary twitching and jerking, strange sounds, etc.)
If the person is a diabetic, call 911 right away. DO NOT GIVE THEM ANYTHING BY MOUTH! They may have sugar gels or pastes to take by mouth, but this is when they are conscious, not seizing! Some diabetics have a Glucagon kit, (an instant sugar injection), but many rarely carry them with them. The best thing to do in this case is call an ambulance, stay on the phone with them, and do your best to support the person on their side.
Sometimes, when someone comes out of a seizure, they experience confusion or memory loss. They may not know who you are, or who they are. In this case, they need to go to the hospital to be checked. No matter what.
When in doubt, call emergency services.
Posting this because you never know when you’ll need it.