How To Information: If You Witness a Seizure
- You cannot stop a seizure, so do not try.
- Do not shake or hold the person who is having the seizure.
- Do not put anything in the person's mouth, not even medicine. People do not swallow their tongues during seizures. Trying to give medicine, however, may cause choking.
- Do place something soft, such as a pillow or a rolled up coat, under the person's head. This action will help protect the head from injury.
- Do try rolling the person on his or her side to keep the airways clear.
- Do loosen ties or shirt collars.
- Remove any nearby hazards, such as knives or hot beverages.
- When the person regains consciousness, he or she may be dazed or tired. Stay calm, be reassuring, and stay beside the person until he or she feels better again.
- If the seizure lasts less than five minutes, ask about a hospital evaluation.
Call 911 if:
- The person having the seizure is pregnant, injured, or diabetic.
- The seizure happens in water.
- The seizure lasts more than five minutes.
- A second seizure begins before the person regains consciousness.
- The person does not begin breathing normally and does not return to consciousness after the seizure stops.
- This is a first seizure.