It is almost impossible to stop a seizure once it has begun. The most important thing is to prevent the person having the seizure from being injured.
During a major epileptic seizure the person will lose consciousness and fall to the ground. Their body will go stiff and they will jerk and shake. These movements are generally severe.
A seizure usually lasts one to two minutes. It is uncommon for a seizure to last longer than that, but it could last only a few seconds. Some people become confused after having a seizure and need to rest or sleep.
What should you do?
- Stay calm
- Remove the person from any danger
- Move any nearby objects that could cause injury
- Put something soft under their head
- Loosen any tight clothing around their neck
- Take off their glasses
- Look at the time: Note the length of the seizure
During the seizure:
- Do not put anything between the person’s teeth
- Do not attempt to prevent the convulsions
- Do not sit the person up
- Do not give them anything to drink
- Do not attempt resuscitation