Seizure First Aid

31 January 2011
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It is an important part of being seizure-aware that you know what to do if you see someone having a seizure.


  • Take care to protect the person.
  • Ensure you stay with them.
  • Allow the seizure to run its course (you cannot stop a seizure and in most cases it will last for a few seconds to a few minutes).
  • Move the person onto their side when the seizure is over (for tonic clonic/ convulsive seizures).
  • Remember to reassure the person after the seizure is over and explain what has happened.

For more information:

Tonic-Clonic Seizures (aka Major, Convulsive or Grand-Mal)

Complex Partial seizures (aka Focal or Temporal lobe seizures)

When should you call an ambulance?

Get the Seizure first aid posters

Watch the seizure first aid video

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