Also, loosen their clothing, particularly in the neck area. You may also place rolled blankets or pillows around them (especially near the head), so they won’t hurt themselves.
3. Make sure their breathing is okay
Next, check that your child is breathing fine. Do not put anything in their mouth (even a bundled cloth) as this might only block their airway. Also, do not force open their mouth; it might cause injuries. Remember: Your child will not swallow their tongue.
DO NOT give your child anything to drink or eat while having a fit. This can cause choking. Likewise, please DO NOT restrain them to stop the convulsions.
4. Help them cool down
The next convulsions first aid step is to help your child cool down. Note that you may have to wait until the seizures stop before doing it. Remove their outer clothing and perform a sponge bath.
Don’t forget to note down how long the seizures lasted and any other symptoms you have noticed.
5. Stay with your child
Your little one may be tired and sleepy after the fit. Let them rest and stay with them until they are well and responsive. Then, call for help or bring them to the doctor.
Seek immediate help if your child…
- Experiences back-to-back seizures with no rest in between
- Has seizures lasting for more than 5 minutes
- Doesn’t wake up or become responsive after a fit
- Has un underlying medical condition, like diabetes
- Suffers an injury during the convulsion
- Has trouble breathing
- Developed the seizure while in the water
Children aged 6 months to 6 years may experience seizures due to high temperature. When a child has febrile seizures, it’s important to ensure their safety by not forcing them to stop shaking, removing objects around them, ensuring that their airway remains open, and timing how long the fit lasts.
After performing these convulsions first aid steps, bring your child to the doctor and report the duration of the fit as well as other symptoms you might have noticed.
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