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What should I do if my child is having a febrile seizure?

What should I do if my child is having a febrile seizure?

Place on side: While he is convulsing, place him on his side. Don't try to stop the convulsions and don't put anything in his mouth. Also keep an eye on the clock. If the seizure lasts longer than 5 minutes, call 911. After the seizure has stopped, take your child to a physician immediately to rule out the presence of a serious infection. ...Read more

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Dr. Manoj Mittal
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Febrile Convulsions (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What to do with a child who is having a febrile seizure?

What to do with a child who is having a febrile seizure?

See doc ASAP.ER?: This is a serious issue-take to your peds or er, asap! ...Read more

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What must I do when my child has a febrile seizure?

What must I do when my child has a febrile seizure?

Go to ER immediately: Child will need immediate work-up with blood and urine cultures and tests plus lumbar puncture to diagnose cause and be started on appropriate parenteral broad spectrum antibiotics asap. ...Read more

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If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?

No: Febrile seizures are common in children between 6 months and 6 years of age. They occur when your child's temperature raises rapidly. So, no, not all children with fevers will have a febrile seizure. About one in twenty-five children in this age group will have a febrile seizure. But the risk is slightly higher if your child has a sibling who has had a febrile seizure in the past. ...Read more

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What actually causes a child to convulse when she has a febrile seizure?

What actually causes a child to convulse when she has a febrile seizure?

Seizure Activity: During a febrile seizure, the brain is responding to the increased body temperature. Seizure activity (in general) is caused by a focal point of "hyper-activity" in a part of the brain, in response to the fever. ...Read more

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What can increase a child's chances of recurrent febrile seizures?

What can increase a child's chances of recurrent febrile seizures?

Febrile episodes: Any febrile illness or vaccination especially combined one, e.g., mmrv, can trigger febrile seizure in febrile seizure-prone child. One assuring fact is that once child reaches 6 years old, he/she no longer experiences febrile seizure. ...Read more

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Are there longterm risks for a child who experienced febrile seizures?

Usually not: Seizures of any sort are very scary for parents to witness! luckily, seizures (sz) that only happen in the setting of fever are usually not damaging. Phew! more serious things to watch for: sz with no fever, febrile sz in child w other neurodevelopmental issues, sz that seems to start in one part of the body vs whole body shaking, multiple sz in a day or >15 min. Then chat w md about future risks. ...Read more

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Possible for my 6y child to suffer from a first time febrile seizure early on in pneumonia?

Yes: A common definition includes development of a brief <5min seizure that occurs in kids 6m-6yr associated with rapid rise of temperature. A common scene is a child found shaking & parents realizing they were febrile when they pick them up. More details would be needed to properly label the event but it could occur. ...Read more

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What are some possible side effects (if any) experienced in adults because of having many febrile seizures as a small child?

What are some possible side effects (if any) experienced in adults because of having many febrile seizures as a small child?

Definition issue: Febrile seizures are innocent problems of an immature nervous system that kids grow out of & don't produce learning disabilities or other issues in adulthood. The problem comes with the overlap with a true seizure disorder of early childhood. Infants or children that go on to have epilepsy in their teens or adulthood can also have seizures during fever.Once you go > 3 fs i worry about epilepsy. ...Read more

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If my older child had febrile seizures should I expect my newborn to have them, too?

No, but...: If a sibling has experienced febrile seizures, it is more likely the other siblings will have them, but it is still a rather uncommon occurrence, and though it is scary to experience it should not be considered to be a sign of something ominous. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Can child with history of febrile seizures present with symptoms of adhd?

Yes. ADHD and : seizures can overlap in symptoms but are usually considered to be co-morbid;that is,can co-exist at the same time. A psychiatrist can help in these areas. ...Read more

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A child had 3 febrile seizure started phenobarbital when he's 1yr, after a year of medication no seizure episode and EEG normal.When 2 stop taking PB?

A child had 3 febrile seizure started phenobarbital when he's 1yr, after a year of medication no seizure episode and EEG normal.When 2 stop taking PB?

Under supervision!: Factors you should consider include your child's overall health, his immunization status, how old he was when he had his last seizure and how certain his doctor is that these were truly febrile seizures. If you get the "go ahead", I recommend tapering the PB over 1-2 weeks, while watching out for signs of infection or unusual behavior and being prepared to treat a fever quickly if one develops. ...Read more

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What's a febrile seizure in a baby?

What's a febrile seizure in a baby?

Febrile seizure: A febrile seizure is a combo of 1. fever 2. loss of consciousness 3. convulsive seizure. It normally occurs in a small child, once or twice, and has a very good prognosis. http://www.neurocuro.com/febrile-seizure/ ...Read more

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When my son was a baby he had febrile seizures. Now he's 18 and gets migraines. Are the disorders related?

When my son was a baby he had febrile seizures.  Now he's 18 and gets migraines.  Are the disorders related?

No: There is no scientific data connecting the two disorders, specifically cause and effect relationship. ...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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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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Can a man have a febrile seizure?

Can a  man have a febrile seizure?

No: True febrile seizures occur in children from 4 months to 6 years. In adults, a fever may precipitate a seizure if there is an abnormality in the brain that exists. The fever might lower a persons threshold for having a seizure but is not considered a febrile seizure. ...Read more

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How should I treat febrile seizure?

How should I treat febrile seizure?

Self Resolve: Febrile seizure can happen in young children when their temperature rises rapidly. It is usually brief, and generalized (affects the entire body). There's no long term consequences. Febrile seizure that lasts longer than 5 minutes or starts/affects just one part of the body needs medical attention. ...Read more

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How long does a febrile seizure last?

Febrile seizure: A febrile seizure normally lasts 5 minutes or less. It occurs in children who have a high temperature. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of febrile seizure?

What are the symptoms of febrile seizure?

Febrile Seizure: A febrile seizure is an episode of convulsions associated with a seizure. It normally occurs in children between 6 and 60 months old. It tends to last less than 5 minutes. It is a common and self-limited condition that is not related to other illnesses. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Seizures (Uncontrollable Jerking Of Limbs) (Definition)

A seizure is a symptom in which a person has a convulsion or epileptic attack, usually involving jerking movements of the head, limbs, and rest of the body. It represents abnormal brain function, and can be caused by fever (mainly in young children), by brain infections or tumors, by drug abuse or overdoses, by chemical imbalances, sleep deprivation, etc. ...Read more


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