Conditions that cause seizures or short term paralysis

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If a child is prone to a condition that causes seizures or paralysis or temporary paralysis, it is important to communicate the typical severity, trigger if one exists that is environmentally enabled, regularity, and the expected response. You may be called upon to reach out to an ambulance. If there are are conditions that externally activate seizures, remove them from the environment.

If the seizure is nonconvulsive (short term paralysis) steps you can take care to ensure there are no dangerous objects near them and ensuring they are in a safe environment. Continually talk gently to them, and those around the person explaining what is happening to reduce a sense of anxiety.

If the seizure is convulsive (This can involve more violent responses or falling) the first step is to stay calm. You may at this point ask someone to call out to emergency services. Try to ensure the person is in a safe location, and if they have injured themselves try as best you can to treat the injury. Gently position the person onto their side, and ensure nothing is tight around their next. The idea is to prevent any fluids from choking them. Talk to the person reassuringly throughout the event. If it’s possible, time the length of the seizure to be able to provide that information to any respond.

In either case it is imperative that you not restrain the person, and do not (as often portrayed in movies) try to jam anything into their mouth like a wallet or spoon.