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 in some situations.
Seizures mostly run their own course but there are a few things that can help, like keeping the person safe, staying with them and timing the seizure. It is crucial that during a seizure the person is not restrained in any way and nothing is put in their mouth. Put the person in the recovery position after a tonic clonic seizure.
It is important for people with epilepsy to tell relevant people such as friends, relatives, colleagues, classmates, teachers or coaches, about epilepsy and advise them what to do if a seizure happens.
Develop a Safety Plan
Having a Seizure Management Plan (SMP) readily available—for example at school or the workplace—will help lessen the impact of seizures for the person with epilepsy, and help others to manage their seizures appropriately.
A SMP includes detailed information on:
- emergency contacts
- seizure and medical history, a description of the seizures(s) the person experiences
- safety and supervision needs
- instructions about medication (if any)
- seizure management and first aid.
Some people are prescribed medication to be given in the community setting for seizure emergencies. 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.