The Dangers of Seizures
By Evie, Maya, Emily, Katey, Sascha, and Christine
What is a seizure?
Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical occurrences in the brain. In a healthy brain, electrical and chemical signals are sent through the brain to help think. Seizures occur when the electrical system malfunctions and sends electrical currents throughout the brain. Seizures often affect a person's vision, movement, speech, or awareness.
Dangers of a Seizure
What to Do
When someone is having a seizure there isn't anything you can do to prevent it, but you can help.
- Roll them on their side (prevents choking on vomit)
- Elevate their head
- Do not try to hold down the person, this may cause an injury such as dislocation
- After the seizure, clear the mouth of saliva and vomit
What May Cause It
Besides the brain getting electrical currents through a disease called epilepsy, seizures can be developed through other causes.
- Brain Tumor
- Perisylvian Syndrom
- Sleep walking