At the time of writing this blog, there were over 40 different types of seizures. These range from brief absent moments to full convulsions. There are also many causes of seizures. But in the first-aid environment we have 2 categories:
First Aid Myth #9
You should hold down the person who is having a seizure, you should put something in their mouth to stop them from biting their tongue.
Perhaps this is a better way
You should NOT do anything apart from making the area safe, place padding under the casualty’s head and time the length of the convulsive seizure.
So what horrified me?
I have been a first-aid trainer for over 30 years and I had never seen this before. A young lady dropped to the floor in the high street and started having a seizure. A young lad flung himself on top of the lady spread-eagled. I quickly dragged him off and a bystander quickly placed their jacket under the lady’s head. I asked what do you think you were doing he said protecting her from endangering herself. He said I have learned that recently on a first aid course. Said you have been taught incorrectly because we most certainly don’t do that.
What you can do…
Make the area safe, place something under the casualty’s head, and time the length of the convulsion. If the person is known to have convulsions then not too much of a problem, but if unknown and you are not first aid trained then a call to Emergency services, and they will guide you and send you assistance.