If Your Baby has a Seizure – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance

If Your Baby has a Seizure – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance


Although it can be very worrying to see your
baby having a seizure, if it is dealt with properly it is rarely dangerous.
Your baby may have a seizure if they have a high temperature, which is sometimes caused
by an infection. The electrical systems in a baby’s brain
are not developed enough to cope with a high temperature and that is why they are more
likely to have seizures. If your baby is having a seizure you might
see some of these signs. They may shake vigorously, arching their back
and clenching their fists They may have signs of a fever such as hot,
flushed skin or sweating Their face may twitch and their eyes may be
squinting, or fixed or upturned They may hold their breath and dribble with
a red, puffy face and neck They may vomit
They may wet themselves or soil themselves They may not respond to you as usual. If you think your baby is having a seizure you need to protect them from hurting themselves.
Don’t hold them down or restrain them and don’t try to move them. Just clear away
any dangerous objects and put pillows or soft padding around them. When the seizure has stopped, take off any clothing that isn’t needed. But take care
they don’t get cold. Put your baby into the recovery position and
call 999 or 112 for an ambulance. Reassure your baby and keep them calm.
While you wait for the ambulance check your baby’s breathing, pulse and whether they
can respond to you. So remember, don’t move or restrain your baby Remove dangerous objects nearby and protect
your baby with soft padding Take off excess clothing and place your baby
in the recovery position Call 999 or 112
Keep your baby calm Keep checking their pulse and breathing while waiting
for the ambulance And that’s how we treat a baby who’s having
a seizure. Thanks for watching, help support St John Ambulance, donate today.

5 thoughts on “If Your Baby has a Seizure – First Aid Training – St John Ambulance”

  1. When to put in recovery position? when unconscious or still awake & which types of seizures CONVULSIVE OR ABSENSIVE ones???

  2. when i was a baby i had a febrile seizures i stopped breathing and was blue my mom gave me mouth to mouth and by the time the EMTS arrived i stopped seizing. i did develop childhood absence epilepsy at the age of 5

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