Seizure First Aid

What NOT to do:

  • DO NOT hold down
  • DO NOT put anything in mouth

Most seizures in people with epilepsy are not medical emergencies. They end after a minute or two without harm and usually do not require a trip to the emergency room.

But sometimes there are good reasons to call for emergency help. A seizure in someone who does not have epilepsy could be a sign of a serious illness.

Other reasons to call an ambulance include:

  • A seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes
  • No “epilepsy” or “seizure disorder” identification
  • Slow recovery, a second seizure, or difficulty breathing afterwards
  • Pregnancy or other medical diagnosis
  • Any signs of injury or sickness

Printable Seizure First aid Flyer - English and Spanish