National Geographic : 1982 May
A silver spoon won't do. When someone has a seizure never force anything hard between the teeth. It is physically impossible for a person to swallow his or her tongue durin a seizure. Attempts to force the mouth open can often cause damage to the teeth and - tuns. Keep calmu. By keeping calm, you can reassure other observers. If possible, look for medical bracelet or neck chain. Clear the area. Remove sharp, haul or other hazardous objects. Also remove glasses, loosen tight collars, neckties and/or belt, but do not interfere with movements. Thrn 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 started. Place a pillow or a coat folded flat, under the head. Awakening should be voluntary. Don't panic if person seems to stop breathing. You may not have to call ia doctor. You need only to call an ambulance if the seizure lasts longer than ten minutes or if another seizure begins immediately after the first has ended. Be reassuring. Some people are embarrassed when consciousness is regained after a seizure. It is very reassuring to see a friendly face. Some people are very surprised to hear that you shouldn't place a 5 onl in the mouth of a person having a seizure. There are many myths and superstitions about epilepsy. Get the facts. Contact tour local chapter of the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Epilepsy. It's not what you thZink.