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It can be scary to see a child having a
seizure (also called a fit) and it is very helpful to know
what to do, how to help and when to call an ambulance. Adults
looking after a child who has a seizure disorder also need to know
what to do to make sure the child is safe.
If you are present when someone is having a
seizure you should follow the simple step by step instructions
Major seizures are convulsive seizures with stiffening and/or jerking movements of the limbs. These seizures are often called 'convulsive seizures', 'tonic-clonic seizures', or a 'fit'.
Children may have seizures where they 'go blank' and stare for a few seconds or minutes. Sometimes they stay fully conscious during a seizure and can describe what happened or how they felt. Sometimes they may simply seem confused or have unusual behaviour. These seizures may also be called 'absence seizures' or 'local seizures'.
It is not necessary to call an ambulance every
time a seizure occurs in a child who has epilepsy. Most people who
have epilepsy will recover from their seizure without any problems after a few
You should call an ambulance if:
After the first seizure, the biggest risk
of having another seizure is within the next three months. Your child's
doctor will give you advice on any activities your child should not
do and for how long.
There are some general safety recommendations to keep in mind when there is a chance your child may have another seizure: