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14. Signs, Symptoms, and Actions to Be Taken When Confronted by a Convulsive Infant, Child, Or Adult

a. Signs and symptoms

1) Body stiffens

2) Eyes roll back into head

3) Jerking movements of one or both sides of the body

4) No response when name called

b. Actions
1) Call out for someone in the household.

2) Contact the police, fire, or emergency squad by dialing 911 (or the local emergency number).

3) Place victim on his or her left side or, if impossible, turn head to left side. This is important because the victim may vomit and breathe vomitus into the lungs.

4) If breathing stops, gently check to be sure the airway is open and begin mouth to mouth resuscitation.


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