National Geographic : 1981 Sep
A silver spoon won't do. Whlen someone has a seizure never force anything hard between the teeth. It is physically impossible for a person to swallow his or her tongue during a seizure,. Attempts to force the mouth open can often (5ause damage to the teeth and gums. Keep calm. Ilv keeping cahn, you can reassure other observers. If possible, look for medical bracelet or neck chain. Clew- the area. Remove sharp, hard or other hazardous objects. Also remove :-lasses, loosen tight cellars, neckties and/or belt, but do not linterfere with movements. Turn the person on his/her side. This keeps the airway clear so that breathing is not obstructed. Do not restrain or try to revive. Youe can't stop a seizure once it has started. Place a pillow or a coat folded that, under the head. Awakening should be volu ntaryv. Don't panic if person seems to stop breathing. You may not have to call ia doctor. You need only to call an ambuilance if the seizure lasts longer than ten minutes or if another seizure begins immediately alter the first has ended. Be reassuring. Some people are emblarrassed when consciousness is regained after a seizure. It is vetry reassurcing to see a friendly face. Some people are very surprised to hear that yogi shouldn't place a spoon in the mouth of a person having a seiz.ure.There mire many myths and suiperstitions about epilepsy. (iet the facts. Contact your local chapter of the E:pilepsy Foundation of America. Epilepsy. It's not what you mhink.