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If my child has a fever, will he have a febrile seizure?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ruben Nazario
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ruben Nazario
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Dr. David Schleimer
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not common
Febrile seizures are not common, but they do occur most often in pediatric patients.
If this is a recurrent pattern, it is something that is best evaluated by a pediatric neurologist.

In brief: Not common
Febrile seizures are not common, but they do occur most often in pediatric patients.
If this is a recurrent pattern, it is something that is best evaluated by a pediatric neurologist.
Dr. David Schleimer
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Dr. Tony Ho
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends
Febrile seizures are uncommon, but definitely something to be concerned about, especially if the child's temperature rises above 104-105 degrees.
Cooling blankets, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and Motrin are all reasonable ways to manage a child's fever.

In brief: Depends
Febrile seizures are uncommon, but definitely something to be concerned about, especially if the child's temperature rises above 104-105 degrees.
Cooling blankets, tylenol, (acetaminophen) and Motrin are all reasonable ways to manage a child's fever.
Dr. Tony Ho
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In brief: Not usually
If a child is meant to have a seizure with a fever, or febrile seizure, they are going to have it regardless of temperature level.
A fever itself will not be the reason for the seizure.

In brief: Not usually
If a child is meant to have a seizure with a fever, or febrile seizure, they are going to have it regardless of temperature level.
A fever itself will not be the reason for the seizure.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
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Dr. Gregory Neyman
General Practice
In brief: No
Not all children with fever have seizures.
In fact, it is a low percentage.

In brief: No
Not all children with fever have seizures.
In fact, it is a low percentage.
Dr. Gregory Neyman
Dr. Gregory Neyman
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