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Definition:
Seizures may or may not be the result of Epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes people to have recurrent seizures. A seizure is a brief disruption of electrical activity in the brain.  
 
Types of Seizures and signs/symptoms:
  •  Generalized Tonic Clonic (previously called Grand Mal): convulsions, muscle rigidity, jerking movements
  • Absence (previously called Petit Mal): blank stare lasting only a few seconds, appears as daydreaming
  • Complex Partial: random activity where the person is out of touch with their surroundings
  • Simple Partial: jerking in one or more parts of the body, or sensory distortions that may or may not be obvious to others
  • Atonic (drop attacks): sudden collapse with recovering within a minute
  • Myoclonic: sudden, brief, massive jerks involving all or part of the body
 
Treatment:
* Always follow a child's Seizure Action Plan if available
 
     Seizure First Aid:
  • Stay Calm. Note the time seizure started
  • Call the office for help/extra support staff.
  • Move other kids away from the situation if possible.
  • Keep track of time seizure started and how long it is lasting.
  • Do not restrain movements
  • Do not put anything in the mouth.
  • An adult must stay with the child until the child is fully conscious.
  • Record seizure in child’s log.
  • For Tonic Clonic Seizures:
    • Protect the child’s head as much as possible.
    • Monitor the child’s airway and breathing.
    • Gently turn the child to their side if possible.
 
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