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FIRST AID FOR EPILEPTICS; DR MIRIAM STOPPARD; Helping to keep you fit and healthy.

Byline: MIRIAM STOPPARD

Epilepsy affects 600,000 people in the UK yet research carried out one epilepsy charity showed that two out of three people wouldn't know how to help someone during a seizure and nor would a quarter of those with a family member with the condition.

The Epilepsy Society's new campaign gives people three simple but key instructions to remember in an emergency: "Calm, Cushion, Call."

Stay CALM and stay with the person who is having a seizure.

CUSHION their head with a coat or cardigan to stop them injuring themselves.

CALL 999 if the seizure does not stop.

And here are a few more additional details on what to do:

Look around, if there's no danger don't move them. Move objects such as furniture away.

Note the time the seizure starts.

If they don't collapse but seem blank or confused, gently guide them to safety. Speak quietly and calmly to them.

Don't hold them down and don't put anything in their mouth.

If a seizure doesn't stop after five minutes, call for an ambulance (dial 999).

After the seizure has stopped, gently put them into the recovery position and check their breathing is returning to normal. Check that nothing is blocking their airway such as food or false teeth. If their breathing sounds difficult after the seizure has stopped, call for an ambulance.

Stay with them until they're fully recovered.

Call an ambulance if:

it's their first seizure

they've injured themselves badly during the seizure

they have trouble breathing after the seizure has stopped

one seizure immediately follows another with no recovery in between

the seizure lasts two minutes longer than is usual for them

the seizure lasts for more than five minutes

For more details about the condition, see epilepsysociety.org.uk.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 20, 2019
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