17 Things Everyone Should Know About Epilepsy

4. NEVER force something into the mouth of someone having a seizure.

NEVER force something into the mouth of someone having a seizure.

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It’s physically impossible to swallow your tongue, and a “bite block” (wooden spoon, wallet, etc.) could cause serious injury.

A person having a convulsive seizure may briefly stop breathing and have a blue skin color, but Stern explains that “this is mostly due to the diaphragm becoming stiff along with the other muscles for breathing.”

This is normal and brief, and the person will start breathing normally again as soon as their muscles relax. Do not attempt mouth-to-mouth or CPR during a convulsive seizure. Positioning the person on their side with their mouth pointed downward is the best way to keep their airway open.

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