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Will Febrile Seizure Kill Me
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Cure for febrile sz: For most people, febrile seizure occurs once or twice. Aging will lead to this condition disappearing, there is no treatment needed in these cases. In rare cases, normally for situations when febrile seizures occur more than two times, or if the EEG is abnormal, medicine may be used to prevent seizures. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Febrile seizures : Usually occur between 6 months to 6 years old . They are frightening but they are harmless. Twice more in boys than in girls ...Read more
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
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
More common!: More common, than if it hadn't occured. Usually the frequency is not high, but it is more common! ...Read more
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
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
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
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