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HOW WE EVALUATE AND THINK ABOUT A FIRST SEIZURE: WHAT SHOULD YOU DO DURING A SEIZURE?

Saturday, June 4, 2011 11:33
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A child who is having a seizure should be placed on her side and protected from sharp objects. Tight clothing should be loosened.• Do not try to put anything in your child’s mouth—she will not swallow her tongue.• Do not restrain your child’s movements.Most of these seizures will stop on their own in a few minutes. If one seizure lasts more than ten to fifteen minutes, or if the seizure is repeated two or more times, call an ambulance or take your child to the emergency room yourself or to your doctor’s office. If the child is still having a seizure, the physician will want to give medication to be sure that the seizure stops promptly.The child does not necessarily have to stay in a hospital, just because she has a fever and has had a seizure. The decision about hospitalization is a judgment to be left to you and your physician.Most children with febrile seizures will recover from the seizure very quickly (within an hour) and can usually return home. Children with meningitis or encephalitis may have a varying course—from a mild illness to one that is severe or even fatal—and probably will need to stay in the hospital for a period of time.*32\208\8*

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