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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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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.

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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.

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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Status epilepticus

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

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Dental injuries

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

what is epilepsy leaflet

What is epilepsy?

If you or someone you know has epilepsy, you may find it helpful to learn more. This leaflet gives some basic facts about epilepsy, and points out where you can get more detailed information and help. 

App on Iphone

Free epilepsy app

Download the Epilepsy Society app which includes seizure diary and first aid information. Available for iPhone and Android.