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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. Visit the website to make an appointment or to find out more: archildrens.org/neuro 

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