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First aid for epileptic seizures

A selection of first aid information for seizures including how to put someone into the recovery position and what to do if someone is in 'status'. 

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For National Epilepsy Week (20-26 May 2019) we are launching a new campaign aimed at giving people the basic tools of seizure first aid that could help save a life: Calm, Cushion, Call.

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How to help if someone is having a seizure

First aid information on what to do when someone is having a seizure and information about when to call 999.

First aid for all seizures

First aid for all seizures

Seizure-specific first aid for dealing with all types of epileptic seizure.

Step by step recovery

Step by step recovery position

How to put someone into the recovery position after a convulsive seizure.

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What do I need to know?

Find out more about someone’s epilepsy so you can help them during a seizure.


Dental injuries

If someone’s tooth is loosened or cracked during a seizure, your first aid may mean their tooth can be saved.

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Status epilepticus

What is status epilepticus and what to do if someone is in 'status'

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What to record about a seizure

It can be helpful for the person having the seizure if you can record some information about what happened before, during and after.

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For more information about epilepsy and support, please contact our helpline on 01494 601 400 or email (open Monday and Tuesday 9-4pm, Wednesday 9-7.30pm).

Taken from our First aid leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer, or download the pdf using the link below.