National Geographic : 1982 Oct
A silver spoon won't do. s t WW-hen someone has a seizure never force anything hard b tween the teeth. It is physically imp(ssillk for a pers( )n to swallo , his or" her ton, me during a seizure. Att( nl] Ls to force the rlloUtll open (-an olt('11 cause (lam<<ge to the teeth and gums. Keep calm. By keeping cahll, you ('an reassure other observers. If i IsSillie, look for me(liciil bracelet or neck chain. Clear the area. Iierrn(ive sharp, hard or other hazardous ohj(vt5. Also remove Masses. loosen tight collars, neckties and/ or belt, but do not Interfere with movements. 'T'urn the person on his/her side. This keeps the air r1 - clear so that breathing is not obstructed. Do not restrain or try to revive. You can't Stop a seizure once it has started. Place a pillow or a runt folded flat, under the head. Awakening should he voluntary. I)on't panic if person seems to stop breathing. lou maw not have to call it doctor. Yon need only to call an rlmlrulancn i1' the seizure lasts longer than ten minutes or if another seize1re begins immediately after the first has ended. Be reassuring. Some people are en kar'rasse(I when consciousness 1s regained alter a selzure.It is very reassuring to see a lrren(liv face. Some people arc very surprised to hear that ,on shorrl(hl't place a spoon in the mouth of a person livingg a seiztu e. There are many myths and snperstitiorts about epilepsy. Get the kwt-'s. Contact Your local chapter of the P1 ileps hulln(lation of America. Epilepsy. It's n t what VnU think.