Created: 01/13/2014 2:18 PM WNYT.com
By: Benita Zahn
A friend shared a story about a young relative who was injured during a sporting event and began convulsing. Someone tried to 'keep them from swallowing their tongue' and suffered an injury.
NEVER put something in the mouth of a person suffering a seizure.
They will NOT swallow their tongue and attempting to 'save' them can cause them harm.
If you see someone suffering a seizure:
-Place some form of padding under the victim's head. If they're wearing a tie, loosen it.
-Turn the victim on his or her side to prevent the tongue from blocking the airway.
-Do not give liquids during or after a seizure.
-If breathing stops, attempt mouth-to-mouth resuscitation only when the jerking movement stops.
-Do not restrain the victim.
and CALL 9-1-1 if a single seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, seizures occur one after another, of if the victim is pregnant or injured.