How to deal with a seizure…
It’s European Epilepsy Day and round 37,000 people over the age of five have epilepsy in Ireland… 10,000 of those are under 16 and there are 130 epilepsy-related deaths in Ireland each year.
Would you know what to do if someone near you had a seizure?
A survey from Epilepsy Ireland has found that one in three people would try to put something in the mouth of someone having a seizure and 12% would try and restrain their movement.
But did you know that both of those actions are inappropriate and potentially dangerous!
So what should you do? Check out and share this video to help raise awareness on what to do during a seizure: www.epilepsy.ie/go/seizureaware
What is a seizure?
A seizure is a brief and temporary malfunction of normal brain activity and is often compared to a computer crashing. About one in 20 people will have a seizure at some stage in their life. To be diagnosed with epilepsy, a person must have experienced two seizures.
How could I help?
If you are with someone when they’re having a seizure, Epilepsy Ireland’s advise is to ‘Think TEAM’…
T: Take care to protect the person.
E: Ensure you stay with them.
A: 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).
M: Move the person onto their side when the seizure is over (for tonic clonic/ convulsive seizures). And don’t forget to reassure them.
For more information, visit www.epilepsy.ie/go/seizureaware
and for a rundown of the common myths on epilepsy, visit www.epilepsy.ie/index.cfm/spKey/seizureaware.myths.html
You can contact Epilepsy Ireland on 01 455 7500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org