Most of us are aware of what to do if a person suffers from an epileptic seizure. But, do you know about the things that one should NOT do in the case of a seizure? Well, Dr Atampreet Singh, Senior Consultant, Department of Neurology Fortis Hospital, Noida shares five don’ts to be observed in the case of an epileptic seizure.
Do not restrain the person's movement: While it is important to protect the person (having an epileptic seizure) from injury or falling by making them lie down gently, do not hold the person firmly and restrict the movements. Instead, catch hold of them gently so as to prevent the person from getting injured.
Do not put anything in the person's mouth: Placing keys in the hands of a person having a seizure or making them smell onion is what most people do, which can be accepted. However, never try to put anything in the mouth of the person as it can do more harm than good.
Do not try to move the person unless the person is in danger: We tend to move a person from the place of attack to a safe place fearing injury. However, you should not do unless the person is at risk of injury. Moreover, you can place the person in the recovery position (on one side) once the seizure is over but avoid moving unless needed.
Do not give them anything to eat or drink before full recovery: We tend to give water or food to eat thinking it might help the person to get stable. However, this is a good idea if a person has fainted and not when he had a seizure. Hence, wait for some time before you do so or get the person to a doctor if injured to be on a safer side.
Do not attempt to bring them back to a conscious state: In some cases, the seizure might continue for more than 5 minutes whereas in others one seizure might follow another without the victim regain consciousness. Hence, allow the person to regain consciousness on their own and do not force them.