Nine Steps to Take When Your Child Starts Having a Seizure
- Stay calm
- Call 911, especially if this is the first time anything like this has happened
- Lay him/her on the floor on his/her side to keep his/her airway open
- Clear the area around him/her of anything that might cause injury
- Do not try to hold him/her down or stop his/her movements
- Loosen any tight clothing, especially anything around his/her neck
- Do not put anything in his/her mouth – he/she will not swallow his/her tongue
- Time the seizure
- Take the child to the emergency room if the episode lasts than 2 minutes
Take the child to the emergency room if the episode lasts longer than 5 minutes. A Neurologist will be able to diagnose and recommend a treatment plan.
1 in 6 children suffers from some kind of neurological disorder. The Neuroscience Center at Arkansas Children’s Hospital has a team of more than 200 health care professionals who work together to provide comprehensive neurological care to children all over the country.