Seizure First Aid

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It's one of the most frightening medical attacks and it strikes 1 in 10 people during their lifetime. Would you know what to do if a seizure affected someone you know? Dr. Oz explains what causes seizures and takes you through the Do's and Don'ts of seizure first aid.


  • Stay calm.
  • Check the time - seizures become extremely dangerous when they last longer than 5 minutes. You'll need to tell this information to the doctor.
  • Keep them safe by limiting their exposure to items like sharp objects, stairs or furniture they could hurt themselves on.
  • Turn their head to the side in order to keep their airway clean.


  • Restrain them.
  • Offer food or drink until they are alert.
  • Put anything in their mouth.
  • Put your fingers in their mouth.

For more information on seizures, visit the Epilepsy Foundation and