Lay your child on the floor on his or her back,
facing either upward or to one side.
Protect your child's head,
arms, and legs from hitting something hard or sharp
If your child was eating before a spell, open his or
her mouth carefully and look for pieces of food, but do not try to remove food
with your fingers. Instead, tilt your child's head to the side so the food can
come out on its own.
Touch and talk to your child. This helps you
Time the spell with a watch. Spells usually last only a
minute but seem longer.
Do not give your
child any medicines during a spell.
Allow your child to wake up
on his or her own after a spell.
Your child may stop breathing for up to 1 minute (60 seconds) during a spell. If your child doesn't wake up quickly
and start breathing again, call 911 or other emergency services. The 911 operator may tell you to give your
child rescue breaths while you wait for help to arrive.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Louis Pellegrino, MD - Developmental Pediatrics