An absence seizure involves brief episodes of staring with impairment of awareness, usually for a few seconds only, which may go unnoticed unless frequent. Absence seizures begin and end abruptly. The person stares vacantly; the eyes may drift upwards and flicker. It may be mistaken for daydreaming or zoning out and the person will not be responsive to touch or voice.
- Recognize that a seizure has occurred
- Reassure the person, and
- Repeat any information that may have been missed during the seizure.