What to Do During a Seizure
The main goal is to prevent your child from becoming injured while the seizure runs its course.
- Try to lay him on his side, ideally on a firm, flat surface, to prevent choking on saliva that collects in the mouth.
- Loosen any zippers or buttons close to the neck.
- Remove any obstructions, like a pacifier or food.
- Note the time, and note it again when the seizure stops.
- Put anything in your child's mouth. (The idea that a child can "swallow" his tongue is a myth.) Placing objects like a tongue depressor or a spoon into a child's mouth during a seizure can cause injury.
- Attempt to restrain a seizing child; instead, allow the seizure to run its course.