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Febrile seizures are convulsions that can happen when a young child has a fever above 100.4°F (38°C). (Febrile means “feverish.”) The seizures usually last for a few minutes and stop on their own. The fever may continue for some time.
Febrile seizures can look serious, but most stop without treatment and don’t cause other health problems. Some kids might feel sleepy after one, while others feel no lasting effects.
Febrile (FEH-bryle) seizures happen in kids 6 months to 5 years old. They’re most common in toddlers 12–18 months old.
Kids are more likely to have a febrile seizure if:
Most children outgrow having febrile seizures by the time they are 5 years old.
Febrile seizures are not considered epilepsy (seizure disorder). Kids who have a febrile seizure have only a slightly increased risk for developing epilepsy.
There are two types of febrile seizures:
No one knows why febrile seizures happen. But evidence suggests that they’re linked to some
and the way that a child’s developing brain reacts to high fevers.
If your child has a febrile seizure, stay calm and:
If the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, or your child turns blue, it may be a more serious type of seizure — call 911 right away.
It’s also important to know what you should not do during a febrile seizure:
When the seizure is over, call your doctor for an appointment to find the cause of the fever. The doctor will examine your child and ask you to describe the seizure. In most cases, no other treatment is needed. The doctor might order tests if your child is under 1 year old and had other symptoms, like vomiting or diarrhea.
The doctor may recommend the standard treatment for fevers, which is acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Giving these medicines around the clock is not recommended and won’t prevent febrile seizures.
If your child has more than one or two febrile seizures that last more than 5 minutes, the doctor might prescribe an anti-seizure medicine to give at home.
Get emergency medical care if your child:
A child who has missed getting some vaccines and has a febrile seizure could have a higher risk for meningitis. Get medical care right away if your child has any signs of meningitis, such as:
Febrile seizures can be scary to see. But they’re fairly common and not usually a symptom of serious illness. If you have questions or concerns, talk with your doctor.
It comes from a Greek word meaning “to hold or seize,” and seizures are what happen to people with epilepsy. Learn more about epilepsy in this article written just for kids.
Seizures are a common symptom of epilepsy, a condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Learn all about epilepsy, including what to do if you see someone having a seizure.
Febrile seizures are convulsions that happen in some children with fevers. They usually stop on their own after a few minutes and don’t cause any other health problems.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Epilepsy causes electrical signals in the brain to misfire, which can lead to multiple seizures. Anyone can get epilepsy at any age, but mostÂ new diagnoses are in kids.
Seizures are caused by a sudden surge of electrical activity in the brain. Find out what you need to know about seizures and what to do if your child has one.
The brain controls everything we do, and is often likened to the central computer within a vast, complicated communication network, working at lightning speed.
Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.
What are fevers? Why do kids get them? Get the facts on temperatures and fevers in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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