Febrile seizures

What are Febrile Seizures?

Febrile seizures are convulsions caused by fever. They happen in 2 to 5% of children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years The older your child is when he has his first febrile seizure, the less likely he will be to have more. If a family member (sibling, parent, aunt or uncle, grandparent) has febrile seizures, your child may be more prone to them.

    Often the seizure is the first sign of your baby’s fever. It can be scary to see but they aren’t as dangerous as they look.

    • Your child will have a fever higher than 38⁰C (100.4⁰F)
    • Her body will stiffen.
    • Her eyes will roll upward and her head and limbs (arms, legs) will be jerky.
    • She may briefly lose consciousness.

    Most febrile seizures last between 30 seconds and 2 minutes and don’t have any long term effects.

      • Stay calm.
      • Place your child on a flat surface on his side. Do not move him unless he is near something dangerous. Do not restrain him (hold him down).
      • Wipe away any vomit or saliva outside his mouth, but do not put anything between his teeth.
      • After the seizure stops, keep your child on his side.
      • Allow him to sleep after the seizure and wake him up gradually.

          • Call an ambulance or rush to nearby emergency room if the seizure lasts longer than 3 minutes or if your baby is younger than 6 months.
          • Visit your doctor for a physical exam to rule out any other problems within a few hours of any seizure, even a brief one.
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