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Does Family History Of Febrile Szs Cause Febrile Seizures
If I'm 31 with no family history of seizures and have never smoked or done drugs. Am I at risk for seizure? Super fit but bad health anxiety.
No: You are not at risk for seizures more than the rest of the population. ...Read more
Typically seen in young children, the first symptom is usually the seizure & then noticing the high temperature. It occurs because of a rapid rise of temperature and, what is thought to be, a rapid change in the polarization of nerve cells in the brain. It is important to be seen and evaluated to make sure there is nothing ...Read more
My son is 22 mths and had is 2nd febrile seizure in 5 months. No family history of them. How could we prevent them? His fever was 103. Ear infection
Gotta control fevers: The BEST way to prevent the seizures is by taking precautions to avoid illnesses that will cause fevers to begin with but when that's not possible work aggressively to keep fevers down...cool compresses, luke warm baths when fevers go over 101 appropriate medications for the fever (rectal suppository Tylenol), cool drinks, etc. Antiepileptic meds to PREVENT seizures in this instance NOT INDICATED. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Temperature change: Febrile seizures are believed to be precipitated by rapid changes in body temperature that occur when the fever is developing, or when temperatures abruptly drop (this is why we don't recommend very cold baths or alcohol rubs for fevers). That being said, a child with tendencies to febrile seizures can have an episode before the fever has fully developed. ...Read more
The rise of fever: Febrile seizures are common in children, about 5% of the population. They are generally a combination of how fast the fever rises and a genetic predisposition. Very few children with febrile seizures go on to have epilepsy, but that is still being studied. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
By definition: Seizures in young children associated with high fevers are termed "febrile seizures". The prognosis for the future is usually very positive. If a young child has a seizure without a fever, i would be suspicious for an underlying cause for epilepsy, and further testing would be indicated. ...Read more
Simple or complex ?: Simple febrile seizures can run in families. With complex febrile seizures one sees focal neurological deficits after the seizure or the seizures are prolonged or occur in clusters. It is more likely that there is some underlying pathology with the latter ( developmental disorder, vascular malformation, etc) the eeg is likely to be abnormal between seizures. ...Read more
Son had febrile seizure caused him to have 4 in less than 2 hours and its been 5 days now he has no fever . This morning he woke up with 97.1 96.9?
Usually not: To call the seizure as a febrile seizure, the age of the child should be between 6 mo and 6 yrs, the seizure should be associated with the sudden raise of high temp, the sizure should be generalized and less than 15 mins, even if it is prolonged and it was purely a febrile seizure, it does not cause permanent brain injury. ...Read more
Definition issue: By definition, febrile seizures are considered benign, lasting only minutes & not leading to respiratory compromise. As long as the brain & heart get oxygen, the chances of death or disability is remote & kids outgrow them. However, some kids with epilepsy will have a seizure with a fever, & carry a fsz label but go on to have major seizures with damage as they get older. ...Read more
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