How to Help During a Seizure

A person who is having a seizure may lose consciousness, fall to the ground, and move about violently. Here are some things you can do to help ensure that a person is not injured during a seizure.

  • Do not panic.
  • Do not try to restrain the person.
  • Do not place your fingers or any object in the person's mouth during the seizure.
  • Move away any large or sharp objects.
  • After the seizure, make sure nothing is blocking the person's mouth or airway (such as food, gum, or dental devices).
  • Place the person on his or her side.
  • After the person regains consciousness, call a physician or take him or her to the nearest hospital emergency department.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number if the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes or if the person has not had a seizure before.
  • Call 911 if a second seizure begins shortly after the first seizure ends.
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