Seizure first aid

    This is a page to share with friends, family or colleagues so they know how to help if you have a seizure.

    Fast facts


    When to call an ambulance

    1. 1
      You know it’s the persons first seizure OR
    2. 2
      The seizure continues for more than 5 minutes OR
    3. 3
      One seizure happens after another without recovering in between OR
    4. 4
      There is an injury needing urgent medical attention

    First aid for tonic-clonic seizures





    To find out what happens and how to help for different seizure types see the seizure pages



    • Tonic-clonic seizure first aid

    • What a focal seizure can look like

    More info


    Epilepsy Action has a short online course ‘What to do when someone has a seizure’. It includes first aid for all seizure types.

    Free online course


    Order a ‘first aid for epilepsy z-card’ from the Epilepsy Action shop 30p+ p&p.


    Share your story

    Is there anyone in your life that helps you with your epilepsy? Has a stranger ever helped while you’ve had a seizure in public? Get in touch if you have a story to share. #SeizureSaviour

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    Updated 12 May 2020
    Review 12 May 2023
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