Thursday, August 15, 2013

Do's and Don'ts for Seizures & Annual TPT Sale!!

I feel like sharing some do's and don'ts for seizures. I know

people are concerned and want to help, but sometimes they

make the situation worse without even realizing it. Here are

some general things to remember if you are faced with a 

situation where someone is seizing. 


  • Stay Calm
  • Speak Softly
  • Check the time - Seizures that last for more than 5 minutes can be extremely dangerous. 
  • Keep them safe by clearing their space of sharp objects and other items. 
  • Turn their heads to the side in order to keep their airway clear. 
  • Turn off the lights. 

  • Restrain them.
  • Offer food or drink until they are alert
  • Put anything in their mouth (including fingers)
  • Crowd them - When someone is seizing, do not circle around them. They need their space.
Let me know if there is anything you want to share outside of this list! I am sure I will learn something new by reading comments from others. 

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  1. While this is only in severe situations, make sure you know whether the child has a seizure kit. We had a student who would only come out if a seizure if medicine was administered to her. We had to have a seizure plan. The child had to have an adult escort at all times. If there is a plan in place it is important to understand it completely. That's something I learned while student teaching.

    1. I did not learn that during student teaching, Cassie! That is great advice. Thank you!

  2. Document the event: what kind of seizure (be familiar with the different kinds), general description of what it looked like and how long it lasted, how many, where it happened and what preceded it (special event, exercise, over stimulation, auras, etc), call the school nurse and let them know,especially if the student has no history of seizures, let the parent know if this is the first event, otherwise follow the plan for informing the family, let student rest afterwards in a quiet place as it can take a lot out of them. A former student of mine recently died from having a seizure in a swimming pool.My friends daughter died from a seizure that didn't stop Status epilepticus).

    1. Documentation is so so so important!! I am very sorry to hear about your former student and friend's daughter. :-( We take so much for granted.

  3. For the past 22 years of my life this has been something I have dealt with. Knowing how a student's seizures are triggered are key. Also talking to them softly and calmly the entire time so they hear you as they are transitioning back. Let them relax and rest afterwards as it is VERY draining on a body. Also know if they are supposed to have meds after a seizure occurs or not as their levels are typically low after a seizure.

    1. One of our student's had a seizure the other day and some regular education teachers were really loud. We are going to type up a letter to put in each mailbox. We know they meant no harm, but everyone working in a school system needs to understand what to do.

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