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First Aid for Seizures

Seizures can be frightening to witness. Understanding your child's seizures can make them less scary. Above all, it is important to stay calm. During a seizure, your child may make loud breathing sounds or gurgling. Do not stick anything in his or her mouth. This may cause harm to your child and to you. If your child vomits during the course of a seizure or during the recovery phase, turn him or her to one side. The recommendations for first aid and seizures vary slightly for each seizure type.

Most seizures stop in five minutes. Commonly, physicians prescribe Diastat, a valium suppository, that can be administered for prolonged seizures or seizure clusters.

The first time your child experiences a seizure, call for an ambulance. Once your child has been diagnosed with seizures, you should work with your child’s physician to develop a seizure plan for home and school.

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