School Nurse Emergency Highlight - Seizure

Seizures are changes in the brain’s electrical activity. These changes can cause dramatic, noticeable symptoms. The symptoms of a severe seizure include violent shaking and a loss of control.

Student First Aid - Seizure


1. Do not restrain student but put blanket or clothing under and next to their head to protect them from injury. Let seizure run its normal course.

2. After seizure, roll student into recovery position on their side with their head tilted back.

3. Call 000 if student has no history of seizures, they injure themselves or the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes. Provide reassurance while waiting for ambulance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I put something in a student’s mouth to stop them biting themselves? No. Do not go anywhere near the mouth or put anything in the mouth of a student having a seizure. This may injure both of you. Make the area safe and prevent injury by removing items that may cause the person harm, and wait for the seizure to run its full course.

Why shouldn’t I restrain a student? Restraining them may cause injury to you or them. Let the seizure run its normal course.

Should I put something under a student’s head to protect them? No. Placing a blanket or clothing under their head may compromise their airway.

Why roll a student onto their side with their head tilted back after the seizure? This will ensure they keep breathing and will allow any fluids to drain from their mouth.

How do I know if a student has epilepsy? Check student records or look for some form of identification about their condition on them like a card, bracelet or necklace. If you can’t find information and are unsure if they have a history of seizures, Call 000.

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