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Health Tip: If Your Child Has a Seizure

August 15, 2005-- Posted at 3:25 PM CDT

(HealthDayNews) -- Children have seizures for reasons ranging from high fevers to underlying medical conditions.

While they can be terrifying, seizures usually last only a few minutes, according to The Nemours Foundation.

If your child has a seizure, here's what to do:

  • Gently place your child on the floor and remove any nearby objects.
  • Loosen clothing around his or her head or neck.
  • Don't try to prevent the shaking.
  • Don't put anything in your child's mouth.
  • Roll your child onto his side. If he vomits, keep him on his side and clear his mouth out with your finger.
  • Don't give your child anything to drink until he is fully alert.
  • Call the doctor immediately.

Seek emergency medical care if your child:

  • Has a seizure lasting more than five minutes.
  • Has difficulty breathing.
  • Turns a bluish color on the lips, tongue, or face.
  • Falls or hits his or her head during a seizure.

 -- Felicity Stone

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