When to Call A Doctor
Anyone who has a seizure for the first time needs to be evaluated by a medical professional. For people with epilepsy who have a brief, self-limited seizure, it's not necessary to call a doctor or go to an emergency room following an isolated seizure. However, you should seek emergency care under the after circumstances:
If you are near a person having a tonic-clonic seizure (grand mal, convulsion), help the person lie down and turn him or her onto one side. Place something soft under the person's head, and loosen tight clothing. Do not restrain the person's arms or legs, and do not put anything into the person's mouth. Forcing something into the mouth may cause more harm than good. The seizure should last less than one to two minutes.
If you are near a person who is having a complex partial seizure, stay with the person, talk calmly, and protect him or her from self-injury. Do not restrain him or her. The person may be able to respond to simple commands, such as, "Sit down." If necessary after the seizure, explain where you are and what has happened.
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