Seeing a child have a seizure could be panic-inducing. However, a child seizure is rarely life-threatening, typically only last a few minutes, and usually stop on their own. In the event your child experience a seizure it is important to stay calm, and the best way to do that is be well informed and educated on the steps to take. The pediatric urgent care specialists at Central Florida Pediatric Urgent Care in Orlando can help treat your child and answer your questions regarding seizures.
What is a Seizure?
Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Seizures can manifest in a multitude of different ways. Anything from staring spells to involuntary movements of the arms and legs. Some seizures are caused by a known seizure condition. In that instance it is imperative your child consistently takes any prescribed medication.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of a Child Seizure?
A child may be having a seizure if they are experiencing the following:
- Unusual sensations or twitching before the seizure
- Staring and not responding to anyone
- Uncontrollable spasms of the muscles
- Loss of consciousness, or passing out
- Uncontrolled urination or bowel movements
What Should I Do if My Child has a Seizure?
- Have someone nearby call your child’s pediatrician or pediatric urgent care. If no one is available, call the doctor yourself after the seizure has ended or if emergency medical attention is needed.
- Cautiously move your child to the floor and remove nearby objects or obstacles.
- Lay your child on his or her side to prevent choking on saliva (spit).
- If your child vomits, clear out the mouth with your finger.
- Loosen any clothing around the head or neck to prevent choking.
- Make sure your child is breathing without difficulty.
- Try to keep track of how long the seizure lasts.
- Stay with your child until he or she is awake and aware
- Let your child rest after the seizure.
- Don’t try to prevent your child from shaking
- Don’t put anything in your child’s mouth.
- Don’t give your child anything to eat or drink
- Don’t give any oral medication until your child is completely awake and alert.
When Should I Call 911 or get Emergency Medical Attention?
- If the seizure lasts longer than five minutes
- If the child is having repeat seizures
- If the child’s face, tongue, or lips start turning a bluish color
- If the child appears to have trouble breathing
- If the child remains unconscious for more than a few minutes
- If a head injury possibly occurred before or during the seizure
- If the seizure occurs while in water
If your child is experiencing any symptom that concerns you, immediately call a pediatric urgent care specialist.
Your child’s health is our number one priority at Central Florida Pediatric Urgent Care. Our medical professionals in Orlando are here help. If you have experienced a child seizure in your family, do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions and make recommendations on care. Don’t delay seeking any necessary medical attention and call us now.