Seizures and the intensity of their characteristics vary from person to person, largely depending on the individual’s medical condition. Witnessing someone endure a seizure can cause alarm and distress, but staying calm and observant of the person’s condition helps immensely, especially when emergency services are necessary.
Overall, most seizures should only last no more than 90 seconds, and cause a person to lose control of his or her body. The following signs usually indicate a seizure:
Most importantly, in the case of a seizure, keep the person from injury. Remove surrounding furniture and stray objects that could cause more harm. If the person is upright, do your best to stop him or her from falling to the ground. If the person is already on the ground by the time you witnessed the seizure, gently position him or her on the side to let any fluids flow from the mouth. Do not use force or excessive pressure to reposition the person, and stay with him or her until full consciousness returns.
If the person with signs of a seizure is elderly, pregnant, or a young child in ill health, seek emergency care immediately. Seizures longer than 5 minutes also require calling 911. Other issues needing treatment and monitoring outside the home include, but are not limited to:
While seizures seem scary to watch, preventing further injury to the person concerned stands as a top priority. My Emergency Room 24/7 readily assesses, monitors, and treats people suffering from serious complications in case of a seizure. If you are located within the San Antonio area, call us at (210) 272-7199. If you are located near or within San Marcos, call (512) 392-7800.