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what we should do if someone has a seizure?

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Dr. Nalinaksha Joshi
Neurology 23 years experience
Avoid injury.: Make sure that pt.Does not hurt himself, do not try to insert spoon in mouth, if possible turn head to one side without hurting pt. A good description of seizure from the beginning until pt. Is fully conscious with timing will help a doctor more than testing.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Less is best: Make certain to protect against injury. If possible, prevent pt from colliding against nearby objects. Perhaps gently reposition if necessary. Do not stick objects into the mouth, even if jaw spasms, as these will pass. Most pts do not suffocate, so do not worry about brief breathing disruption. Do not restrain if all of the above is stable. Best approach is to prevent the sz.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I help someone who is having a seizure?

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Dr. Robert Knox
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
Having A Seizure: Move things away from a person having a seizure to protect them from hitting something. Move the person to a lying position, better to keep the head turned to the side, to protect the airway. If there are any symptoms of airway blockage, gurgling sounds, call 911. Most seizures are not dangerous.
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Is there any way to stop someone from having a seizure?

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Dr. Jerald Ratner
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Yes and no: To prevent make sure to take anti-seizure meds regularly. Once started, nothing can be done except in those cases of one seizure after another continuously stopped with IV meds.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Could you tell me what happens when someone has a seizure?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology 34 years experience
Brain storm: Certain brain cells have excessive electrical activity. Produces different behavioral effects- unusual tastes, smells, tingling, altered awareness, shaking of arms or legs depending upon which part and how much of the brain is involved. This also results in excessive metabolic needs for the brain.
A 45-year-old member asked:

What should I do if someone has a seizure while driving?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Try to pull over: If you are a passenger, try to direct the car to the side of the road for safety. Help the driver be on his side so that anything in the mouth will fall forward. If possible and the mouth is open, sweep a finger to clear the mouth to prevent aspiration. Protect against hitting anything hard. Do not restrict movements because you might cause an extremity to dislocate or break a bone. Call 911.
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What are you supposed to do if someone is having a seizure?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology 19 years experience
Seizure safety: If you see someone having a seizure, help them to the ground so that they cannot fall, turn them on one side, and give them some space. DO NOT put anything in their mouth. Call 911 if they do not stop after 5 minutes. They may need about 15 minutes to recover after the seizure stops.

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