Helping your Roommate Living with Epilepsy
Dr. Ruben Kuzniecky, Co-Director of the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center says roommates can do their part by making sure their roommate remains uninjured during the seizure. If someone is having convulsive seizure, here's what you should do:
- Lay them on their side on a floor or bed, so saliva can leave the mouth if necessary.
- Don't put anything in their mouth, and be sure they are breathing normally after the seizure.
- During non-convulsive seizures, make sure the person doesn't do anything dangerous during the episode or in the moments of confusion afterward. Remove any objects from their hands, and gently try to encourage them to sit down until the seizure is over.