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A seizure is an electrical disturbance in your child's brain that causes involuntary twitching or jerking.
What to do if your child has a seizure
If your child has a seizure, stay calm and follow these steps:
- Turn the lights on.
- Note the time.
- Put your child on a soft surface. If possible, put your child on his side or back.
- Do not stick your finger between his teeth.
- Make sure there is no furniture or other objects near your child. This will keep him from getting hurt while thrashing.
The seizure should end within five minutes. If not:
- Call 911.
- If your child stops breathing, do rescue breathing.
- If your child has no pulse, do CPR.
What to do after a seizure
After the seizure, cover your finger with a napkin or washcloth and sweep out any saliva or vomit from your child's mouth. He may appear to be in a deep sleep.
Call your health care provider for an appointment or take your child to a hospital emergency room for an exam.