How to act in case of an epileptic attack

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder which is characterized by recurrent attacks and that affects some 50 million people in the world, 1% of the population, in Spain about 400,000. Anyone can have an attack, but this is not enough to diagnose epilepsy. Would you know how to act in an epileptic crisis? We give you some tips from first aid.

You can have a previous minor epileptic seizure to another major. This type of attack can be recognized because it occurs as a kind of "disconnection" and tics or confusing movements such as licking lips. If this occurs, reassure the person and consult the doctor.

A major attack It can evolve in several stages: unconsciousness Sudden sometimes with crying, stiffness and arch of the back, the breathing can stop, the person can start shaking, can leave foam and even blood from his mouth; and it can also produce a sphincter control. Afterwards, it may be sleep deeply.

1. If the person suffering from the seizure makes the gesture of falling, help him lie down. It prevents you from getting hurt by removing the nearest objects that can be damaged like chairs.

2. Place padded objects under or around your head to prevent damage. When the attack ceases, it may be unconscious. Remove the padded objects, open your airways and check that you breathe.

3. If you breathe, place it in the recovery position. Stay with him until he recovers. The epileptic may feel upset and behave abnormally or fall asleep deeply. Contact the doctor.


  • Do not try to hold or move it during the attack.
  • Do not put anything in their mouth or give them anything to eat or drink.
  • If the person has not had an attack before, if he has suffered several attacks or if he is unconscious for more than 10 minutes, call the ambulance.
  • The epileptic child should always carry a card or bracelet that warns of epilepsy.

Video: First Aid in Seizures (April 2020).

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