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Febrile seizures are convulsions that happen in some children with fevers. They affect kids 6 months to 5 years old and are most common in toddlers 12–18 months old. They usually happen on the first day that a child has a fever above 100.4°F (38°C).
seizures stop on their own after a few minutes and don’t cause any other health problems.
During a febrile seizure, your child may:
If you think your child is having a seizure due to fever, try to stay calm and:
When the seizure is over, call your doctor. He or she probably will want to see your child.
No one knows why febrile seizures happen, so they usually can’t be prevented. If your child is uncomfortable due to the fever, give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed by your doctor. It’s important to call the doctor so your child can be seen after a febrile seizure.
Febrile seizures are full-body convulsions caused by high fevers that affect young kids. Although they can be frightening, theyÂ usually stop on their own and don’t cause any other health problems.
Fevers are usually not cause for alarm – they’re the body’s way of fighting infection. Here’s what to do if your child has a fever.
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.
Fevers happen when the body’s internal “thermostat” raises the body temperature above normal. This is often the body’s way of fighting infections.
You might hear a seizure called a convulsion, fit, or spell.
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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