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How long does a febrile seizure last?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Febrile seizure

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

In brief: Febrile seizure

A febrile seizure normally lasts 5 minutes or less.
It occurs in children who have a high temperature.
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Few minutes

Usually it is a generalized convulsion, lasting 1-3 minutes.

In brief: Few minutes

Usually it is a generalized convulsion, lasting 1-3 minutes.
Dr. Andrew Reeves
Dr. Andrew Reeves
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: It depends

Children between the ages of 1 and 3 years are prone to seizures when ill with fever.
Most of these events last less than one minute. However, on occasion they may be repetitive or continuous. This is dangerous and needs urgent medical intervention. Acute medications are available that the parent can administer to the child if this happens. No one should rely on a stop watch.

In brief: It depends

Children between the ages of 1 and 3 years are prone to seizures when ill with fever.
Most of these events last less than one minute. However, on occasion they may be repetitive or continuous. This is dangerous and needs urgent medical intervention. Acute medications are available that the parent can administer to the child if this happens. No one should rely on a stop watch.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine
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In brief: 1-2 minutes

Most febrile seizures last less than 1-2 minutes, though your child will likely appear confused for some time after.

In brief: 1-2 minutes

Most febrile seizures last less than 1-2 minutes, though your child will likely appear confused for some time after.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Less than 5 minutes

Most febrile seizures last seconds to 5 minutes.

In brief: Less than 5 minutes

Most febrile seizures last seconds to 5 minutes.
Dr. William Singer
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