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
First Aid: Recovery Position
Lay the casualty on their back and ensure that their legs are together, in line with the rest of the body Kneel down on one side of the person. Place their arm that is nearest to you at a right angle to their body, ensuring that their hand is pointing upwards towards their head. Take their other arm and place the back of their hand against their ear which is nearest to you Hold this position, keep the palm of your hand pressed against theirs. Take hold of their leg which is furthest from you from the back of the knee. Lift it so that it bends at the knee joint, but make sure that their foot remains on the floor. With their leg bent, roll the victim over towards you to place them onto their side, so that their knee touches the floor.
Remove your other hand from theirs making sure that their head does not move from this position. Make a right angle with the leg you have just used to roll them over. Open their mouth, making sure not to move their head too much Cover and monitor them, paying close attention to their breathing, until the emergency services arrive If the casualty is lying on their stomach and breathing normally, you could also leave them in this position remembering to simply turn their head to face one side.