What should a teacher do if a child has epilepsy or a seizure in the classroom?

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Written By Nurse007

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  • Jabel February 4, 2009, 1:59 pm

    Prevent the other children from crowding the child. Make sure the child is not going to hurt themselves – ie banging into chairs and table legs. DO NOT try to grab their tongue!! you will get your fingers bitten. Send a responsible child for a predetermined adult. As soon as the fitting has stopped turn the child into the recovery position (now you can check the tongue) It may be that the person sent for is responsible for first aid in which case hand over responsibility and take your class to the hall etc to give the child space to recover – or the other adult can take your children and you stay with the child. Get in touch with parents if child is recovering – if something obviously not right phone ambulance.
    Make sure that the proceedure is known to all staff and the class. Depends how often the fits occur as to how the whole thing is dealt with. The rest of the class may be used to them or maybe it is rare.
    See parents before child comes into your class so that you can agree on the strategies.

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