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if my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
No: Febrile seizures are common in children between 6 months and 6 years of age. They occur when your child's temperature raises rapidly. So, no, not all children with fevers will have a febrile seizure. About one in twenty-five children in this age group will have a febrile seizure. But the risk is slightly higher if your child has a sibling who has had a febrile seizure in the past.
Dr. Gregory Neyman
General Practice 18 years experience
No: Not all children with fever have seizures. In fact, it is a low percentage.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Not common: Febrile seizures are not common, but they do occur most often in pediatric patients. If this is a recurrent pattern, it is something that is best evaluated by a pediatric neurologist.
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Hoanswered
Infectious Disease 14 years experience
Depends: Febrile seizures are uncommon, but definitely something to be concerned about, especially if the child's temperature rises above 104-105 degrees. Cooling blankets, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and Motrin are all reasonable ways to manage a child's fever.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Not usually: If a child is meant to have a seizure with a fever, or febrile seizure, they are going to have it regardless of temperature level. A fever itself will not be the reason for the seizure.

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