someone’s having a convulsive seizure, keep them safe,
supported, and on their side.
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When a person is
having a convulsive seizure (or you know/they have
indicated they are about to), gently roll them on one side (to
allow any fluids to drain out of their mouth and keep their
airway open), support their head, remove any dangerous objects
nearby (including their glasses), and time the seizure.
If a seizure lasts longer than five minutes, call 911.
“Seizures usually end within a few minutes and keeping a person
safe from injury during a seizure and paying attention to the
seizure duration are the best first aid,” Dr. John Stern,
director of the Epilepsy Clinical Program at UCLA, tells
BuzzFeed. “If a seizure is longer than five minutes, then the
risks may be greater and emergency care may become more
important. If a person is not known to already have epilepsy or
has a complicated medical condition, then emergency care may be
For other types of seizures, it is important to remain with the
person, gently guide them from danger (but avoid restraining
them), and call 911 if the seizure lasts longer than five
For more on how to care for someone during a seizure, check out
this video featuring
Star Trek stars Zachary Quinto and Chris Pine for
Talk About It.