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Febrile Seizures

Febrile Seizures: Introduction

There is nothing more scary than a seizure in your child. Febrile seizures occur in babies and young children and are due to fever and high temperature. Fortunately, most febrile seizures are harmless and do not cause brain damage or any serious complication. However, a child or baby that has a febrile seizure does have a serious fever and needs prompt medical advice. There is also a possibility of meningitis or other serious cause of the fever. Although the need for hospitalization is not typical, your doctor will need to treat and monitor the underlying cause of the fever, in addition to monitoring any seizures. ...more »

Symptoms of Febrile Seizures

Treatments for Febrile Seizures

  • What to do during a seizure:
    • Move child to a safe surface - e.g. the floor
    • Place child on side or stomach - to avoid choking
    • Remove objects from mouth - if this is possible.
    • Avoid placing anything in mouth
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Alternative Treatments for Febrile Seizures

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  • Turn the person on their side
  • Move harmful objects away
  • Cushion the head
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Febrile Seizures: Complications

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Causes of Febrile Seizures

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Febrile Seizures: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Prognosis for Febrile Seizures

Prognosis for Febrile Seizures: Good. Most febrile seizures are harmless. Brain damage or choking is rare. Underlying cause of the fever needs treatment. Children usually outgrow these seizures.

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Article Excerpts about Febrile Seizures

Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. During a febrile seizure, a child often loses consciousness and shakes, moving limbs on both sides of the body. Less commonly, the child becomes rigid or has twitches in only a portion of the body. Most febrile seizures last a minute or two; some can be as brief as a few seconds, while others last for more than 15 minutes. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Febrile Seizures Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Febrile Seizures:

Seizures that occur during a febrile episode. It is a common condition, affecting 2-5% of children aged 3 months to five years. An autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance has been identified in some families. The majority are simple febrile seizures (generally defined as generalized onset, single seizures with a duration of less than 30 minutes). Complex febrile seizures are characterized by focal onset, duration greater than 30 minutes, and/or more than one seizure in a 24 hour period. The likelihood of developing epilepsy (i.e., a nonfebrile seizure disorder) following simple febrile seizures is low. Complex febrile seizures are associated with a moderately increased incidence of epilepsy. (From Menkes, Textbook of Child Neurology, 5th ed, p784) - (Source - Diseases Database)

 

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