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first aid for epileptic seizures

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What to do if someone has an epileptic seizure

First aid information on what to do when someone is having an epileptic seizure where they are unconscious and shaking (a convulsive tonic clonic seizure)

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Free epilepsy app

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

First aid for all seizures

First aid for all seizures

What to do when someone has a seizure depends on what type of seizure they are having.

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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.


When to dial 999

When to call for an ambulance if someone has a seizure.

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Status epilepticus

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

Recording seizures

Recording seizures

To help manage seizures, and learn more about someone's epilepsy, it can be useful to note down the details of what happens during their seizures.

Step by step recovery

Step by step recovery position

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


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.