WHAT TO DO

What is the first thing you should do when someone loses consciousness and falls to the floor convulsing?

First rule of any first aid is to stay calm! and this is so important if someone is having a seizure. There are 40 different types of seizures, but the Something on the Brain information below will only provide guidance on what to do when someone has the type of seizure where someone loses consciousness and falls to the floor shaking (in technical terms a tonic-clonic seizure).

  • Safety

    Safety

    Make the area safe, clear away dangerous objects, and only have a few people help. Put something soft under the person’s head

  • Time

    Time

    Time how long the seizure lasts for

  • Act Calmly

    Act Calmly

    It is important to keep you cool and act calmly so you can help the person having a seizure

  • Recover Position

    Recover Position

    Once the seizure has stopped, place the person on their side. Tilt their head back to make sure their tongue is not blocking their throat, and if it is, move their tongue out of the throat.  Stay with the person until they are conscious, breathing and recovered. Check the person for any injuries.

First rule of any first aid is to stay calm! and this is so important if someone is having a seizure.  There are 40 different types of seizures, but the Something on the Brain information below will only provide guidance on what to do when someone has the type of seizure where someone loses consciousness and falls to the floor shaking (in technical terms a tonic-clonic seizure).

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