Witnessing a seizure for the first time can be quite confronting. It is normal to feel frightened or helpless. By recognising the physical signs of a seizure, staying calm and knowing the appropriate first aid response you can help.
What you do and how you help depends on the type of seizure the person is having. The most common seizure types are described below along with the recommended first aid response.
- Tonic Clonic Seizure
- Focal Seizures (also known as complex partial seizures)
- Absence Seizure
- Seizures Occurring in Water
Seizures can occur at any time and any place, and can be especially tricky to manage if they occur in water or in a confined space such as a wheelchair, seated on a bus, train or tram, or strapped in a stroller or pram. Below are some downloadable first aid guides for you to print out and become familiar with so that if a seizure occurs you will be properly prepared.
- Seizure First Aid Guide [pdf]
- Seizure First Aid – Wheelchair [pdf]
- Seizure First Aid Guide – When a Seizure occurs in water [pdf]
Information obtained from the Epilepsy Australia website