Helping Someone Having a Seizure
As seizures are unpredictable and people with epilepsy may not always know when one might happen, making them potentially dangerous.
Seizures mostly run their own course but there are a few things that can help, like timing the seizure and keeping the person safe – particularly protecting the head from injury. It is crucial that during a seizure the person not restrained in any way nothing is put in their mouth.
It is important for people with epilepsy to tell (educate) relevant people such as friends, relatives, colleagues, classmates, teachers or coaches, about epilepsy and teach them what to do if a seizure happens.
Develop a Safety Plan
Having a Seizure Management Plans (SMP) readily available—for example at school or the workplace—will help minimise the impact of seizures for the person with epilepsy, and help others to manage seizures appropriately.
A SMP includes detailed information on:
- emergency contacts
- seizure and medical history
- safety and supervision needs
- instructions about medication (if any)
- seizure management and first aid.
If an emergency medication plan is needed Epilepsy Action Australia can assist, as well as offer the necessary training for those involved in caring or supporting someone with epilepsy.
Create a Seizure Management Plan
We have an online tool where you can create your own SMP. Simply register as an EAA client first, then follow the instructions to create a SMP.
Seizure First Aid Posters
You can print the following posters on A3 paper and put up on a notice board or wall for easy reference at home or work.
- First Aid Poster (general)
- First Aid Poster (wheelchair)
- First Aid Poster (tilt wheelchair)
- First Aid Poster (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
- First Aid Poster (Arabic)
- First Aid Poster (Chinese)