How to Handle Seizures
Epileptic fits are among the most distressing of all human reactions. In a true epileptic seizure or fit the victim quickly falls to the ground and loses consciousness. For a few seconds he stops breathing and turns blue. This is followed by convulsions of strong jerking movements, involving all parts of the body. In most cases there is some frothing at the mouth. After a few more seconds the victim relaxes and begins to breathe again. Soon his color returns to normal.
He may only have one or two convulsions in a whole lifetime. On the other hand, he may have several attacks in rapid successions and at fairly frequent intervals.
What to do: Try to prevent the patient from hurting himself. Loosen any tight clothing, and if possible place a small piece of wood, or a cork, or some cloth between his teeth to prevent him from biting his tongue. Keep him warm, but do not give any stimulants. If this is his first convulsion, send for a doctor, or take him to hospital.