November is finally here and this means we’re one month closer to Christmas, we celebrate Thanksgiving and last but not least, it’s Epilepsy Awareness Month. during which the goal is to educate others on #SeizureFirstAid.
Instead of talking about how exited I am for the holiday season and to start putting up my Christmas decorations, I need to do my part to help promote epilepsy awareness.
So, to make things easy to remember and explain, the Epilepsy Foundation has broken it down to three easy steps, #StaySafeSide. They explain these three steps, which I copied bellow, their website: Epilepsy Foundation Rolls Out #StaySafeSide to Promote Seizure First Aid
- STAY with the person and start timing the seizure. Remain calm and check for medical ID.
- Keep the person SAFE and move away harmful objects.
- If they convulse or are not awake, turn them on their SIDE. Don’t block their airway. Put something small and soft under the head. Loosen tight clothes around their neck.
- Never put anything in their mouth. Don’t give water, pills or food until the person is awake.
- Do not restrain them.
- Stay with them until they are awake and alert after the seizure. Most seizures end in a few minutes.
- Call 911 if: the seizure lasts longer then 5 minutes; the person has difficulty breathing, is injured or pregnant; it is their first seizure; the seizure occurs in water; seizures continue; or the person does not recover.
This is not something that should only be talked about or shared in November there is never a bad moment to try to educate on something that something that affects so many people.