Handling pediatric seizures

Richard Pass, RN, Nurse & CPR Expert, shares advice for parents on the proper steps to take when your child is having a pediatric seizure
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Handling pediatric seizures

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Well, seizures or seizure activity is not that uncommon in the pediatric population. Between the ages of 1 and 3, there tends to be a higher incidence of seizure related to high fever – we call that spiking the fever – and this sometimes will trip the mechanism in the brain and cause a seizure to start. These events usually last a minute or two and are generally not that dangerous in and of themselves. There are some old treatments and ideas including going in to try to protect the victim’s tongue and so forth, but these have proven to be actually dangerous to do. So we really don’t want you going in the mouth of a seizure victim. There may be some additional salivating and/or bleeding from biting their own tongue, or cheek or lip, but this is just incidental and I wouldn’t worry much about it. It is, however, time to call 911. We prefer that you do not transport the seizure victim to the emergency room by yourself in the event that there may be another seizure, this is much better to have paramedics with this baby or child.

Richard Pass, RN, Nurse & CPR Expert, shares advice for parents on the proper steps to take when your child is having a pediatric seizure

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Richard Pass, RN, BS, was born in Los Angeles. He studied nursing in Portland, Oregon and has since practiced nursing for 35 years, including ICU, Emergency, and Cardiology nursing. Richard started his CPR & Family Safety educational company, Save a Little Life, Inc., in 1999. With Save a Little Life, Inc., Richard presents house calls and classes all over the Los Angeles area. He teaches medical-surgical nursing at California State University, and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

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