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Does having one febrile seizure increase the chances of having another?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Having one febrile seizures is a predictor of second or more febrile seizures, especially if the first happens when the child is less than 18 months.

In brief: Yes

Having one febrile seizures is a predictor of second or more febrile seizures, especially if the first happens when the child is less than 18 months.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: NO

Febrile seizures just occur. Many children will have one or two during childhood and totally recover. Some will have repeated episodes over a few years then totally recover. Rare cases have one seizure then evolve into chronic epilepsy as adults.
A simple seizure with fever will not damage the brain, even if they recur a few times. Prolonged and repetitive seizures are dangerous.

In brief: NO

Febrile seizures just occur. Many children will have one or two during childhood and totally recover. Some will have repeated episodes over a few years then totally recover. Rare cases have one seizure then evolve into chronic epilepsy as adults.
A simple seizure with fever will not damage the brain, even if they recur a few times. Prolonged and repetitive seizures are dangerous.
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine

In brief: Yes

Yes. Approximately one-third of children who have a febrile seizure will have another one, usually within one year of the first.

In brief: Yes

Yes. Approximately one-third of children who have a febrile seizure will have another one, usually within one year of the first.
Dr. Luke Hermann
Dr. Luke Hermann
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