Care suggestions

DO’S

  • 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.

DON’T’S

  • 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.

Medication

  • 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
  • EEG