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Can fevers cause seizures in children?
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Yes: Fevers can cause seizures in children generally between the ages of 6 months to 5 years. However, it is not as common above 3 years of age.
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Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Fairly common: About 3% of all children will experience seizures during a febrile illness. The fever is just a part of the cause. More common is the toxic state associated with high cytokine production. This is a normal and appropriate reaction of the young body to a bad infection. The seizure event is a sign of the toxic state and may occur before the fever develops. Most go away without bad effect.
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Pediatrics 21 years experience
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Last updated Nov 11, 2016
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