A seizure is a neurological disorder, usually caused by a sudden change in the brain’s electrical activity, often as a result of an infection to the brain, abnormalities in the levels of sodium or glucose in the blood, etc.
Some of the major symptoms that usually accompany seizures include;
- Stiffness and inability to move the body.
- Loss of consciousness.
- Jerking movements.
- Blue tinge around the mouth is a possibility. This is as a result of irregular breathing.
- Loss of bladder/bowel control.
- Regaining of consciousness after a minute or two.
When faced with a patient suffering this condition, please, do the following…
- Place their head on something soft and mild (raise it above their body level).
- Remove all harmful objects from around them. This is to protect them from any injury.
- Place them in a recovery position once the seizure stops. This is to aid their breathing.
- Look for an epilepsy identity card or jewellery. This is to be sure that they’re an epilepsy victim.
- Stay by them until their recovery process is complete, and try to talk them into believing that everything is okay.
While you do the aforementioned, be sure to avoid the following…
- Do not put anything in their mouth.
- Restrain their movements.
- Do not try to give them anything to eat until they’re fully recovered.
- Do not try to bring them round.
Be sure to contact a doctor (hospital) if you’re sure that the seizure is the patient’s first or they fail to respond to the aforementioned measures.