Word epilepsy describes abnormal brain activity that results in a seizure and for majority of individuals the exact cause of epilepsy is not known. This can be genetic or developed through medical condition such as head trauma, drug abuse (withdrawal), infections and hypoglycemia.

Seizures are classified by categories; Generalized or partial depending of what part of brain is involved.   Partial seizures can be simple or complex. Generalized seizures involve the entire brain. During a simple partial seizure, the individual does not lose consciousness because seizure usually focuses on one leg or arm. The leg or arm on one side may jerk or twitch. A complex partial seizure usually results in loss of consciousness and it may affect the senses. The individual may experience an unusual smell, sight, noise or experience of déjà vu, or having done his before. Intense feelings of fear, anger, anxiety…ETC

Often seizures are controlled with use of medication and medical monitoring.

First aid rescuer reactions to seizures are an important aspect of an individual’s first aid treatment.

Historically, it was felt that individuals could swallow their tongues during generalized tonic-clonic seizures or foam at the mouth. This is not true. They may salivate excessively or bite their tongues, but will not swallow them.

First Aid lay rescuer reaction to seizures:

  1. Do not move the individual while the seizure is active.
  2. Make sure the environment around is free of sharp objects where individual may hit himself.
  3. Loosen tight clothing.
  4. Turn the individual in recovery position (on his side) to prevent chocking on saliva.
  5. If seizure lasts more than 5 minutes call 911.
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  2. Brandi says:

    A million thanks for posting this information.

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