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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Overview)

Febrile convulsions are seizures (fits or convulsions) occurring in children aged 6 months to 5 years, associated with fever, without other underlying cause such as CNS infection or electrolyte imbalance. The mechanisms are unknown. It is uncertain whether the degree of fever or the rate of rise of temperature is a trigger in febrile seizures http://patient.info/doctor/febrile-convulsions


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Is there a condition that could cause febrile convulsions, microcephaly, dyspraxia?

Is there a condition that could cause febrile convulsions, microcephaly, dyspraxia?

Many possible causes: there are many possible conditions that can give these symptoms. Speak to your pediatrician or consult a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Overview)

Febrile convulsions are seizures (fits or convulsions) occurring in children aged 6 months to 5 years, associated with fever, without other underlying cause such as CNS infection or electrolyte imbalance. The mechanisms are unknown. It is uncertain whether the degree of fever or the rate of rise of temperature is a trigger in febrile seizures http://patient.info/doctor/febrile-convulsions


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Is there any risk of febrile convulsions occurring in my child?

Is there any risk of febrile convulsions occurring in my child?

Yes: Febrile seizures are common and very scary events. They occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5-6 years of age, when they have a sudden rise in their body temperature. Your child has a higher chance of having febrile seizures if he/she has had them before, or if they have a sibling that has had them. ...Read more

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Febrile convulsions (Tip)

Always document how high the fever is and when you administered any medications for reference. ...See more

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Treating a Fever (Checklist)

Don't panic! Most fevers is uncomfortable, but harmless.
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Take the appropriate dose of acetaminophen or ibuprofen
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Try cool compresses -- they may be soothing
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See your doctor if your fever is higher than 102 for more than 2 days
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Does reducing a fever with tylenol help prevent a febrile seizure? My daughter had a febrile seizure about 6 months ago. I had one doctor tell me that if i control the fever early enough with tylenol it would prevent the seizure and had another doctor te

Does reducing a fever with tylenol help prevent a febrile seizure? My daughter had a febrile seizure about 6 months ago.  I had one doctor tell me that if i control the fever early enough with tylenol it would prevent the seizure and had another doctor te

Prevent seizure: Tylenol (acetaminophen) can help prevent febrile seizures when given early to children whose seizures are triggered by the rapidity of temperature rise or when a child's specific temperature is reached or exceeded. However about 1/3 of children with a history of febrile seizures will have a seizure before an elevated temperature is detected and may be the first symptom of illness.. ...Read more

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What can I do to avoid febrile convulsions ?

What can I do to avoid febrile convulsions ?

Nothing: There aren't any proven methods of completely avoiding febrile seizures. If your child has already had a febrile seizure they are at increased risk of having another one. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on how to deal with a seizure; put your baby on his/her side, move them out of harm's way. Never put anything in their mouth. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Febrile convulsions (Tip)

Fever is body's natural way to kill off what is making you sick. It is actually a good thing. ...See more

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Managing Hay Fever (Checklist)

Avoid heavy pollen areas
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Use air conditioners during pollen season
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If necessary, use a non-sedating antihistamine
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What can I do to avoid febrile convulsions ?

Nothing: There aren't any proven methods of completely avoiding febrile seizures. If your child has already had a febrile seizure they are at increased risk of having another one. The best thing to do is to educate yourself on how to deal with a seizure; put your baby on his/her side, move them out of harm's way. Never put anything in their mouth. ...Read more

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How long do febrile convulsions usually last for ?

Usually < 5 min: They usually last only for a few seconds and almost always last less than 15 minutes. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Febrile convulsions (Tip)

Always treat a fever in a child with a history of seizures. Not necessrily others unless uncomfortable. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: Febrile convulsions?

What is the definition or description of: Febrile convulsions?

Febrile convulsion: Febrile convulsions are seizures (fits or convulsions) occurring in children aged 6 months to 5 years, associated with fever, without other underlying cause such as CNS infection or electrolyte imbalance. The mechanisms are unknown. It is uncertain whether the degree of fever or the rate of rise of temperature is a trigger in febrile seizures http://patient.info/doctor/febrile-convulsions ...Read more

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Is there any risk of febrile convulsions occurring in my child?

Yes: Febrile seizures are common and very scary events. They occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5-6 years of age, when they have a sudden rise in their body temperature. Your child has a higher chance of having febrile seizures if he/she has had them before, or if they have a sibling that has had them. ...Read more

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Febrile convulsions (Tip)

A fever can stunt the growth and reproduction of bacteria and viruses. ...See more

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My son has febrile convulsions, what age do they grow out of them?

Five is the limit: By the time a child is five years old most children will stop having febrile seizures. ...Read more

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Is there a condition that could cause febrile convulsions, microcephaly, dyspraxia?

Many possible causes: there are many possible conditions that can give these symptoms. Speak to your pediatrician or consult a pediatric neurologist. ...Read more

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Febrile convulsions (Tip)

Alternate tylenol (acetaminophen) with advil every 4 hours and push fluids, gatorade/pedialyte. ...See more

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My 5 year old child has had 3 febrile convulsions due to tonsils illness. Is there any risk for him to be affected by epilepsy?

My 5 year old child has had 3 febrile convulsions due to tonsils illness. Is there any risk for him to be affected by epilepsy?

Has he had before: 5 years is late for onset offebrile seizures, also the number of seizures with one episode of illness is not the norm. I would be concerned with other causes of seizures and would consult either the er if he is still ill and a neurologist for further work up. ...Read more

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What causes a febrile seizure?

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 more

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What is a febrile seizure?

What is a febrile seizure?

No one knows: It is believed that the young child's body produces potent toxins when they get ill. These are referred to as cytokines. These agents cause the child to react with feeling miserable and perhaps developing fever. These agents can irritate the brain and body to produce seizure like activity. The effects are fully reversible. Our over reaction often makes more injury than the initial illness. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeb Teichman
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Febrile Seizure (Definition)

Seizure that occurs due to fever. Seen in children under 5 yrs of age. Benign type of seizure ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsion = violent, involuntary contraction(s) of the muscles which may occur due ...Read more