National Geographic : 1982 Aug
A silver spoon won't do. When someone has a seizure never force anything hard between the teeth. It is physically imp(issi111e 1'or a per'0On to swa11i)W his or her tongue (luring It seizure. Attempts to tone the mouth open can often cause dar]] ige to the teeth and :tunas. Keep calm. BY keeping calm, von can reassure other observers. If possil)le, look for medical bracelet or neck chain. Clear the area. Remove sharp, hard or of her hazardous objects. Al,-;() 1e:1OVe glasses, loosen tit ht collai's, neckties and/or belt, hut do not interfere with movements. Mum the person on his/her side. This keeps the airway clear so that breathing is not obstructed. Do not restrain or try to revive. You can't stop a seizure once it has spirted. Place a pillow or a coat folded flat. under the head. Awakening should he Voluntary. Don't panic if person seems to stop breathing. You niay' not have to call a doctor. You need only to call an ambulance if the seizure lasts to ger than ten minutes or if another seizure begins immediately after the first has ended. Be reassuring. Some people are er]abarrassed when consciousness is regained after a seizure. It is very reassl lrin to see a f rle n(lly face. Some people are Very surprised to hear that you shouldn't place, a spoon in the mouth of a person havilig a seizure. "There are mane myths and superstitions about epilepsy. Get the facts. Contact yoUr local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Epilepsy It's not what you t link. l (p (0(1 C/tra rtdP5 ,d rst., d- u. FpileayF ndatinn izm <<.1 aLti:e t,\.1t' 1'.tl.in a U.c . _xKl5 rlnco r.ni _, ,Gn7 ,_:oi:uE , _ I._"