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what kind of doctor sees somebody for febrile seizure?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Primary care doctor: A febrile seizure is a seizure which occurs in a child, usually between 6 months and 6 years of age, that is associated with a fever. They generally occur when the child's temperature changes quickly, either going up or coming down. While very scary to parents, most simple febrile seizures themselves do not cause any problems for the child. Your regular doctor can evaluate.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
GP/FP/PED primary: This problem is so common (1/20 kids) that most primare care practices deal with the routein cases. In the few that have unusual presentations, prolonged events or significant parental fears, i will call on my pedi neurology collegues to help. If nothing else the process of having that second opinion agree with my DX makes everybody more comfortable with what can be a scarry process.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What is a febrile seizure?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Convulsion: A febrile seizure is a convulsion that occurs as a result of a fever. Most febrile seizures result in the child fainting followed by twitching of the arms, legs, and torso. Although frightening to witness, having a febrile seizure does not affect intelligence or cause brain damage.
A 46-year-old member asked:

How long does a febrile seizure last?

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
1-2 minutes: Most febrile seizures last less than 1-2 minutes, though your child will likely appear confused for some time after.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Does having one febrile seizure increase the chances of having another?

3 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 25 years experience
Yes: Yes. Approximately one-third of children who have a febrile seizure will have another one, usually within one year of the first.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What sort of disorder is a febrile seizure?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Childhood condition: A febrile seizure is a seizure which occurs in a child, usually between 6 months and 6 years of age, that is associated with a fever. They generally occur when the child's temperature changes quickly, either going up or coming down. While very scary to parents, most simple febrile seizures themselves do not cause any problems for the child. They have a 30% recurrence risk.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for febrile seizure?

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Dr. Garron Miller
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: Febrile seizures can occur in some children under the age of 5 (usually go away by that age). When ill tylenol (acetaminophen) and advil may help keep the fever down, to help prevent a seizure. Although a seizure can happen with any increase in temp above 101. It is not due to how high, experts think it is due to how quickly the temp changes in children vunerable to febrile seizures.

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