While we promote awareness throughout the year, this initiative comes at a time when more education is needed to increase public knowledge about epilepsy and seizure first aid, said Philip M. Gattone, M.Ed., president and CEO of the Epilepsy Foundation. It is critical that everyone know what to do if they see someone having a seizure so that people with epilepsy are safer and protected. That's why, this November, we challenge everyone to join our National Epilepsy Awareness Month efforts to end epilepsy by learning seizure first aid and educating others in their community.
Epilepsy can affect anyone with a brain. Each year 150,000 more people are diagnosed with epilepsy. Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will develop epilepsy. #StaySafeSide highlights how easy it is to help someone who is having a seizure with these simple steps — STAY, SAFE, SIDE
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 than 5 minutes; the person has difficulty breathing, is injured or pregnant; it's their first seizure; the seizure occurs in water; seizures continue; or the person does not recover.
The #ShareMySeizure initiative, which is in its fourth year of a five-year grant with the CDC, also includes strong digital and social media components featured on the Epilepsy Foundation's channels, as well as CDC platforms.
To learn more about seizure first aid, please visit epilepsy.com/FirstAid. For more information about #ShareMySeizure, please visit epilepsy.com/ShareMySeizure.