Expert warns against inserting objects in mouth during seizures

Expert warns against inserting objects in mouth during seizures


A neurologist at Abuja National Hospital, Dr. Yusuf Zubairu, warned Sunday that inserting objects and forcing fluid into the mouth of an epileptic person during a seizure does more harm than good.

Epilepsy is a disorder in which the activity of nerve cells in the brain is disturbed, leading to seizures, causing a person to experience abnormal behaviors, symptoms, and sensations, sometimes including loss of consciousness.

Zubairu, in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) in Abuja, said that 70 percent of epilepsy cases are unknown, while other factors such as a genetic disorder or acquired brain injury, such as trauma or a stroke, can result in that.

Other known causes include brain infections such as meningitis, cysticercosis, stroke, brain tumor, head injuries such as birth injuries, and accidents in adults.

“Also, infections during pregnancy that affect the brains of babies, low oxygen levels in babies during delivery, and genetic conditions that result in brain injury are some of the other causes of the neurological disorder,” he said.

The neurologist, therefore, advised the public to remain calm, remove harmful objects, and loosen tight ties for people experiencing seizures.

“If a person has fallen, turn to the side and put something soft under the head.

“Never put anything in your mouth or pour water and anointing oil, but watch closely so you can provide detailed information to medical personnel,” he said.

He said that certain efforts should be made to reduce the risk of head injuries, strokes, seek prenatal care, stay healthy during pregnancy and practice a safe delivery.

“Reduce the risk of head injuries, such as the use of seat belts for adults and children, motorcycle helmets. Treat head injuries early.

“Reduce your risk of stroke by eating right, exercising, not smoking, and treating high blood pressure.

“Seek prenatal care, stay healthy during pregnancy, and have a safe delivery,” she said.

In addition, he recommended that people who have epilepsy incidents should seek medical attention, take their medications regularly, avoid triggers such as stress, alcohol, lack of sleep, hunger, flashes of light, caffeine and others.

The expert, therefore, asked the government to create more public information about epilepsy to dispel fear, discrimination and social stigmatization.

“Epilepsy is not contagious and can be treated. Anyone can be epileptic. It is not their fault that they are. It’s not a spiritual attack either, ”he said.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy, and five million people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.

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