Epilepsy Awareness 2019
Tuesday 19th November 2019 is Epilepsy Awareness Day and we are proud to support this day to raise awareness.
It is important to know what Epilepsy is and what to do if someone is having an epileptic fit.
What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy can affect anyone, young or old. It is a condition that affects the brain. If you have Epilepsy you will experience epileptic seizures. These can be one-off seizures that happen weekly monthly or even on a yearly basis.
Diagnosis will be given by a doctor and some types of epilepsy may only last for a limited time and the person may eventually stop having seizures. However, for some people this may be a life-long condition. There is medication available which can help control seizures, and this will be prescribed by the doctor.
Would you know what to do if you saw someone having an epileptic fit?
What is the time? - Check your surroundings to see if there is anything that could be a danger to them. – This could be a busy road, sharp objects or even a hot cooker.
If they are on the ground, cushion their head, use a coat or anything soft that is easily to hand.
Can you see any tight clothing around their neck? Possibly a tie or collar, loosen this to help aid their breathing.
Once their convulsions stop, put them in the recovery position on their side. Talk to them calmly and stay with them until they recover.
Note the time the seizure finishes.
You should not put anything in their mouth, including your fingers. Do not give them any food or drink until they have fully recovered.
The NHS have a very clear step by step action plan on what to do. Read the full information by clicking here.
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