Did you ever come across someone convulsing with a seizure and frantically look around for iron keys in a mission to provide ‘first-aid’? If yes, then by far it’s one huge addition to the list of stupid things done by you so far! Seizures or fits can result due to abnormal electrical impulses in the brain and the person can be seen rapidly convulsing.
Did you just try the iron keys? Don’t!
* The myth that holding iron objects could cause a seizure to cease arose out of the belief that seizures resulted from iron deficiency and that mere contact with iron could blend with the blood through an osmosis process. That the iron content of the body could surge to rates of normalcy just by the touch of iron is a belief completely outside the scope of common sense.
* Holding an iron bar or sharp/hard iron keys by the seizure affected person could resort to harming themselves such as hitting their own eyes.
* Seizure episodes are self-terminatory. In the span of looking around for iron keys and then thrusting those into the person’s hand, the seizure would anyway stop by itself without you having to do this. Don’t take it for the positive powers of iron keys.
What else do you do then?
* If the person is lying on the bed or couch while the seizure hits, gently lift them and place them on the floor so that they do not hit themselves with furniture, in the process of convulsing.
* Remove the spectacle or other hard accessories the person is wearing. Loosen his clothing around the neck and chest. Steer them clear of any dangerous surroundings.
* Raise the head very slightly to one side. This prevents them from choking on their own saliva.
* Shoo away onlookers to stop making the person feel more miserable than they already are. Waking up to a crowd gaping at him might come off as embarrassing to the person.
* Do not hold down the person or force them still. Never restrict their movements during the convulsions they are suffering from.