What to do if your infant has a seizure

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 10:57 AM EDT
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In this Medical Matters, Andrew Randazzo of Prime Medical Training teaches Erin Barnett and her husband, the steps parents should take if your baby experiences a seizure.

Randazzo said seizures are fairly common among infants. There are several types that could happen, not all include body convulsions. Some seizures could make the person look zoned out or maybe the stare blankly, their eyes might be fluttering.

In infants, seizures happen more often when a child has a quick change in body temperature.

"The best thing you can do for your infant is make sure they are not in an environment where they'll hurt themselves. Be sure to remove things near them they could bang their head on. If they are on a hard floor, pick them up or put a pillow under their head. You'll want to call 911. That's about all you can do. Seizures need to work themselves out. One thing you do not want to do is stick fingers in their mouth, that is an old wive's tale," said Randazzo.

Once the seizure seems to be worked out of their system, slowly try to cool them down. Pat them with a wash cloth, remove clothing, what ever you can do to bring down their fever.

If they spit up, you don't want that going back into their lungs. The best thing to do is roll them over on their sides and let it drool out. Randazzo said drooling or spit up usually doesn't happen until the seizure is over.

Seizures typically last 30 seconds to a couple of minutes. Once it is over, they could seem dazed and confused for up to 45 minutes.

Anytime a person has a seizure and they do not have a history of it, Randazzo said they need to go to hospital to be evaluated.