Life is precious and we all know this but if you have ever had a close shave with someone almost losing his life through a seizure then you would understand how fickle it can be. Without the right approach, one can lose his or life just like that. So we will be educating you, our readers, on how to manage a seizure when you happen to be there.
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Before we begin, please note that seizures are not life-threatening in themselves but then victims could bring themselves to harm in the event of one. That being said, some seizures are much more dangerous than others.
- Keep other people out of the way. This is to ensure the said victim can breathe.
- Clear hard or sharp objects away from the person. This is to ensure the victims does not hurt himself in the process.
- Don’t try to hold her down or stop the movements.
- Place her on her side, to help keep her airway clear.
- Look at your watch at the start of the seizure, to time its length.
- Don’t put anything in his/her mouth. Yes, you heard me right. The truth is putting anything in his/her mouth can be dangerous for both of you (victim and caregiver). The victim could lose teeth and you could lose a finger. Or two.
Also, note that there are two types of seizure according to WebMD.com, there are majorly two types of seizures; generalized seizures which involve multiple areas of the brain and focal onset seizures which involve a single area in the brain. The former is more common and gruelling to watch while the latter is actually more fatal as it can induce short term memory loss.
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Furthermore, in the event of seizure, you should know the sequence of events to any seizure:
- The victim becomes unresponsive and may even become unconscious and collapse
- Muscles tighten and teeth clenches.
- The person’s body begins to convulse in jerking movements.
- Jerking movements stop and the person begins to recover consciousness slowly.
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