Have you ever caught yourself in a panic while trying to figure out what you should do to help a loved one who’s experiencing a seizure? Generalized tonic-clonic seizures are most commonly associated with epilepsy and seizures in general, often characterized by temporary convulsions or violent shaking and disordered thinking/confusion.
It can be the most nerve wrecking thing if you aren’t familiar with seizures. Not only that, everyone seems to have a different understanding of what should be done. Should you put a spoon in their mouth to keep them from swallowing their tongue? Should you hold them down until they stop shaking?
The answer is no. But, here’s what you should do:
Let the seizure play out on its own. According to the Epilepsy Foundaton, generalized tonic-clonic seizures last less than five minutes. If it lasts longer than five minutes, call 911.
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