November is a very important month to me, because it’s Epilepsy Awareness Month. Not too many people are aware of what epilepsy is or that there is even a awareness month for it. My 5 year old son has been a fighter of epilepsy for the past four years. Every November I take the time out to educate others on epilepsy and how they can help. I am not a trained medical profession, but I have learned a lot from personal life experiences and I love to share what I have learned with others.
Do you know what to do if someone around you has a seizure? If you don’t then you should learn first aid for seizures, to help someone if they have a seizure around you. Seizures are more common than people think, so it’s very likely that you may witness someone having a seizure at least once in your life if you already haven’t.
There are various types of seizures but the two main types of seizures are grand mal and complex partial. Both types require different first aid for the person having the seizure, be sure to do your own research about different types of seizures so you can be aware of what they look like.
Grand mal seizures are the type of seizures people think of when they hear the word “seizure” . A person having a grand mal usually falls to the floor, shakes/jerks, become unaware of what’s going on around them,and unconscious. When you witness a person having a grand mal, help the person to the floor , look at the time so you can time the seizure, cushion their head , loosen their clothes, and turn them on their side. Call 911 if it’s the person first time having a seizure, having trouble breathing, has other serious health conditions or if the seizure last longer than 5 minutes. Make sure to use your own judgement if you think 911 should be called then call.
Complex partial are difficult to describe, the person may seem fine but may not be able to respond to anything and this type of seizure may include involuntary movements like lip smacking or fidgeting, or hallucinations. They may seem confused suddenly or stare off into space. When a person is having a complex partial seizure, just monitor them and keep them away from sharp and hot objects. Stay with the person until the seizure is over.
After any seizure the person may be confused and scared, just assure the person that you are there to help them and explain to them what just happened. Please remember do NOT put anything in a person’s mouth who is having a seizure, and do NOT hold the person down. Please educate yourselves and become aware of the many types of seizures and first aid, there is a lot of information you can research about epilepsy and seizures and also contact a medical professional with any questions or concerns you may have about seizures . Become aware, because someone’s life may depend on your ability to help them during a seizure
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