First aid treatment for seizures in children

Essential first aid for seizures in children

Seizures in children can be a distressing experience, not only for the young ones affected but also for parents, caregivers, and educators. Understanding how to respond effectively to such emergencies is crucial. In this blog, Rose explores essential first aid techniques for managing seizures in children, emphasising the importance of preparedness through training.

Key facts and statistics

Seizures are relatively common in children due to various reasons ranging from febrile seizures to epilepsy. In the UK, approximately 1 in 240 children have epilepsy, making it imperative for those responsible for children to know how to manage seizures. Early intervention can prevent complications and improve outcomes.

Key definitions

  • Seizure - A sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain causing changes in behaviour, movements, feelings, and levels of consciousness.
  • Epilepsy - A condition characterised by recurrent, unprovoked seizures.
  • Febrile seizures - Seizures associated with high fever, common in children aged 6 months to 5 years.

Relevant legislation, regulations, and best practice

In the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlines first aid requirements in settings involving children under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. Additionally, the Department for Education provides guidelines for supporting pupils with medical conditions at school. Best practices also align with the Resuscitation Council (UK) guidelines, emphasising tailored first aid training that includes seizure management.

Managing seizures - First aid steps

  • Stay calm and monitor duration - Begin by staying calm. Note the time the seizure starts to monitor its duration.
  • Ensure safety - Remove any nearby objects that could harm the child. Place something soft under their head to protect it.
  • Positioning - If possible, gently place the child in the recovery position on their side to keep their airway clear.
  • Do not restrain - Do not try to hold the child down or put anything in their mouth. This can cause injury.
  • Seek medical assistance - If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, is followed by another seizure, or if the child does not start to recover, call emergency services immediately.

Recommendations for caregivers and educators

  • Training - Regular first aid training, including specific training on handling seizures, is vital. The Mandatory Training Group offers comprehensive courses designed to equip you with the necessary skills.
  • Action plans - Develop individual healthcare plans for children with seizure conditions.
  • Awareness - Promote awareness and understanding among all staff and children about seizures to foster a supportive environment.


While alarming, seizures in children can be managed effectively with the correct first aid response. The knowledge and confidence gained through first aid training can make a significant difference in managing such medical emergencies. Remember, preparedness is key to ensuring the safety and well-being of children.

Click here to learn more about our paediatric first aid courses. Equip yourself with the knowledge and skills to respond confidently and effectively to seizures and other emergencies involving children. Don't wait for an emergency to strike; enhance your preparedness now to ensure the best outcomes for the little ones in your care.

Disclaimer: This blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always seek professional medical assistance in emergency situations.

About the author

Rose Mabiza

Rose has dedicated over 15 years to improving health and social care quality through practice, targeted education and training. Her extensive experience includes working with older adults, individuals with mental health conditions, and people with autism and learning disabilities.

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