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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Overview)

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 else going on (meningitis,etc).


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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
75 doctors shared insights

Febrile Convulsions (Overview)

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 else going on (meningitis,etc).


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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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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

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

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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Treating a Fever (Tip)

Treating a Fever

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. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever is the temporary increase in the body's temperature in response to some disease or illness. A child has a fever when the temperature is at or above one of ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Convulsion (Definition)

Convulsions are rhythmic contractions of all muscles in the body, which create a violent rhythmic motion. A common type of convulsion is ...Read more