- Try to stay calm and reassure others nearby. Minimize crowding.
- Gently roll the person on to one side.
- Put something soft under his or her head.
- Loosen the clothing or tight neckwear.
- Clear the area around the person( move harmful objects away)
- Stay with the person until medical personnel arrive.
- Observe the person closely so that you can provide details on what happened.
- Note the time and duration of the seizures.
- If the person is injured or has another seizure without recovering fully from the first seizure or seizure lasts for more than 10 minutes call a doctor or take the child to the nearby hospital.
- Do not panic or be afraid.
- Do not hold the person down.
- Do not try and prevent the seizure movements, it may cause fracture.
- Do not try to put your fingers or place any object like a spoon into the person’s mouth.
- Do not attempt to rouse the person by shouting at or shaking him or her.
- Do not try and give water, food / medicine or any other liquid to the patient till the person is fully conscious.
- Do not place objects like onion, shoes near the nose of the person.
- Make sure to take the medications regularly and on time.
- Keep follow-up appointments
- Do not change the dose or discontinue seizure medicine on your own.
- Ask your doctor whether any over the counter medicines may interfere with the epilepsy drug you are taking.
- Find out what should be done if you miss a dose of medication.
Important tests for Epilepsy
- MRI / CT scan of Brain