First aid during seizures

Witnessing a seizure, especially in a child, can be very distressing. 

If at any time you have concerns or are unsure of what to do, call an ambulance on 000.

Generalised Tonic-Clonic Seizures (involving loss of consciousness and stiffening/jerking of the body):

  • Stay with the child and try to be aware of the duration of the seizure.
  • Move hard objects away from the child and protect the head from injury.
  • If there is vomiting or excessive saliva in the mouth, roll onto the side. Otherwise, place in the recovery position once the jerking has stopped.
  • DO NOT place anything in the child's mouth.
  • DO NOT restrain or attempt to move (unless in danger).

Focal Seizures (with an apparent loss of awareness and responsiveness):

  • Stay with the child and try to be aware of the duration of the seizure.
  • Gently guide away from any harm.
  • DO NOT restrain unless in danger.

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Information last reviewed: 11/01/2021.

 

Seizure First Aid posters


Seizure First Aid poster - English



Seizure First Aid poster - Arabic