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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
* Always follow a child's Seizure Action Plan if available
Seizure First Aid:
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.
turn the child to their side if possible.