What if you witness an epileptic seizure?

In most cases, a developed attack (generalized tonic-clonic)
lasts from one to three minutes and, despite the “threatening” nature, does not have a damaging effect on the brain. Therefore, as a rule, drug therapy for such a short-term attack is not carried out. Introduction of diazepam after a single attack is not justified.
There are certain rules of behavior of parents and others to assist with a convulsive attack.

  1. If there is an aura (precursors of an attack), it is necessary to put the patient on his back (bed or floor), unbutton his collar and release him from tight clothing.
  2. Isolate the patient from any damaging objects (sharp corners and edges, water).
  3. Do not panic, behave calmly. Observe silence, carefully observe the course of the attack. Record the duration of the attack by the hour.
  4. Turn the patient’s head to the side to avoid aspiration of saliva and retraction of the tongue.
  5. When vomiting occurs, keep the patient (without the use of brute force) in a position on his side.
  6. In no case can not use any items (spatula, spoon) to unclench the jaws.
  7. Do not give any medication or fluids orally (by mouth).
  8. It is necessary to be near the patient until the cessation of the attack.
  9. Do not disturb the patient after the attack and, in the event of sleep, give him sleep. 10. If you suspect a febrile attack to measure body temperature.

Can epilepsy be cured?

Clinical studies have shown that treatment of epilepsy with adequate anticonvulsant drugs allows for complete relief of seizures in 80% of cases. The effectiveness of treatment depends on the correct selection of funds, their dosage, the general scheme of therapy and the form of epilepsy. With benign forms (for example, with rolandic epilepsy, with childhood absans epilepsy), all children are 100% curable, that is, considered healthy at the end of therapy. With difficult to maintain symptomatic and cryptogenic forms (frontal epilepsy), partial or secondary generalized seizures sometimes persist, with a significant decrease in the number of psychomotor or generalized seizures.

For clarity, we can say that out of every ten children suffering from epilepsy, six with the right treatment will never suffer seizures, two will have a significant improvement in the form of reducing the number of paroxysms and improving the general condition. And only two children out of ten fail to achieve a distinct improvement on anticonvulsants.

local_offerevent_note April 18, 2019

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