There are several reasons why someone may have a seizure:
Children under the age of 5 can have a seizure if their temperature rapidly rises. This affects around 1 in 20 children and tends to stop by the age of 6.
Severe head injuries may lead to a seizure
There are a number of different types of seizure, the one which will be focussed on in this post and that is a complex seizure or tonic clonic seizure.
This can come on all of a sudden or the person may get some warning signs. If someone tells you they feel like they are about to have a seizure get them to sit on the floor.
What do I do?
When someone is having a seizure they will initially go stiff and their limbs will stiffen. They will start to twitch and jerk. They may foam at their mouth or even bleed from their mouth and they will be thrashing around sometimes quite violently.
If this happens:
Check that the surrounding area is clear and that they can’t further injure themselves.
Put something under their head to protect it.
Time the seizure
If you don’t know they have seizures or it lasts more than 5 minutes call 📞 999 .
Want to know more?
If you want to know more about how to manage a seizure or what to do in the event of an emergency why not book a first aid course?