Individuals who suffer from epilepsy are at the receiving end of physical as well as emotional trauma. The condition is one that can take the person’s life into turmoil. It is a disease that affects the central nervous system of the brain. Thus, causing the nerve cells give out wrong signals to the body.
Epileptic seizures are something that is a consequence of the condition. Constant seizures can leave a person depressed and feel a sense of withdrawal from the society. However, a little help from others can lighten the pain of going through the trauma of seizures. Here are few things that you can do if you come across someone going through an epileptic seizure.
Stay calm – Being present when a person is going through seizure can be traumatic for you as well. The seizure can indubitably look violent and dangerous but is not so in most cases. Panicking and losing you can lead to the scenario becoming even more worst. You will not be able to be of any assistance and further cause more difficulty to the person.
Time the seizure – It makes for a good idea to time the seizure. If you find that the seizure does not seem to stop and has continued beyond a few minutes, an emergency hospital or ambulance service should be contacted at once.
Move objects away – If you think that a person is undergoing a seizure, don’t allow for a chaos around the person. Move away from any objects such as furniture or ask people to step away. Being closely surrounded will further make the person feel claustrophobic.
Don’t force things down the victim’s mouth – One should not force any object inside the mouth of the victim as this can lead to the person injuring him/herself. It can also cause choking, further worsening the case. Leave the victim alone.
Protect from injury – Seizure can lead to violent behavior, wherein the person may loose complete control of one’s self. This could cause severe injury. Thus, you shouldn’t try to grab the victim, but gently hold him/her to stand and keep the person from falling. Guiding the person to the floor will further reduce the impact of the seizure.
Loosen the clothes – A victim is likely to run out of breath, so loosening clothing around the neck and waist will make him/her feel lighter. Also, lead the person to sit down in a safe area for a while.
Assist the victim – A person who suffers seizure will be confused and embarrassed as soon as she/he comes into consciousness. Reassure the victim that everything is okay and assist until you think he/she is safe.