First Aid Basics: How to treat epilepsy

When a person is having an epileptic fit allow him or her to move freely, do not restrain the person. This cannot be reiterated enough. Never restrain an epileptic from cramping. Do not burn material under the patients nose, as this leads to smoke inhalation and poisoning.  Protect the person by removing all the objects which could cause harm and cushioning the head with pillows. Do not insert anything into the person’s mouth as this can lead to choking or broken teeth.  When in the sleeping or tonic cramp phase, attend to any injuries that may have occurred. When the fit is over, reassure and inform the person of the seizure.

To find out more about epilepsy visit www.epilepsy.org.za

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