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Take Action: What to do When Your Child Starts Having a Seizure

Although it is terrifying for a parent, most seizures do end after 1 to 2 minutes without harm. You do not usually have to do anything if your child has brief periods of staring or shaking; however, seizure first aid should be used with shaking or jerking lasting longer than a few seconds.

9 steps to take if your child starts to have a seizure:

1. Stay calm

2. Call 911, especially if this is the first time anything like this has happened

3. Lay him/her on the floor on his/her side to keep his/her airway open

4. Clear the area around him/her of anything that might cause injury

5. Do not try to hold him/her down or stop his/her movements

6. Loosen any tight clothing, especially anything around his/her neck

7. Do not put anything in his/her mouth – he/she will not swallow his/her tongue

8. Time the seizure

9. 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.

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