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Can fevers cause seizures in children?

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Dr. Shalini Sethi
Pediatrics
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In brief: Yes

Febrile seizures occur if their is rapid rise of fever , in some kids.

In brief: Yes

Febrile seizures occur if their is rapid rise of fever , in some kids.
Dr. Shalini Sethi
Dr. Shalini Sethi
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Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Fevers can cause seizures in children generally between the ages of 6 months to 5 years.
However, it is not as common above 3 years of age.

In brief: Yes

Fevers can cause seizures in children generally between the ages of 6 months to 5 years.
However, it is not as common above 3 years of age.
Dr. Troy Sedlmeyer
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Fairly common

About 3% of all children will experience seizures during a febrile illness.
The fever is just a part of the cause. More common is the toxic state associated with high cytokine production. This is a normal and appropriate reaction of the young body to a bad infection. The seizure event is a sign of the toxic state and may occur before the fever develops. Most go away without bad effect.

In brief: Fairly common

About 3% of all children will experience seizures during a febrile illness.
The fever is just a part of the cause. More common is the toxic state associated with high cytokine production. This is a normal and appropriate reaction of the young body to a bad infection. The seizure event is a sign of the toxic state and may occur before the fever develops. Most go away without bad effect.
Dr. William Goldie
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