Seizures & Epilepsy
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Learn the signs of a seizure

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that makes people susceptible to seizures. Seizures are changes in sensation, awareness, or behavior brought about by a brief electrical disturbance in the brain. These seizures vary from a momentary disruption of the senses to short periods of unconscious or staring spells to convulsions.

People with epilepsy can live, work and function in the world as well as anyone else. A child who has a seizure doesn’t usually require medical attention unless:

  • there is no known history of epilepsy
  • consciousness doesn’t return after the seizure ends
  • a second seizure begins shortly after the first, and consciousness wasn’t regained after the first
  • a seizure shows no sign of ending after 5 minutes

Signs of a seizure

  • Blank staring into space   
  • "Empty" look in eyes
  • Inability to pay attention   
  • Jerky movements for a short period
  • Repetitive movements of body parts, usually head, arms, legs
  • Total body jerking with eyes rolled back in head, frothing at mouth, loss of body control, and loss of consciousness

Important to note

It is very important for students with epilepsy that:

  • Medical Alert Planning and Request for Medication forms have been completed by the parents and the doctor and returned to the school (visit the Medical Conditions at School page for more information)
  • medication is labelled for the student.
  • school personnel as well as the student have had education about epilepsy and seizures and are aware of the care needed for the student in case of an emergency.
  • they wear their MedicAlert identification bracelet

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