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Is there any risk of febrile convulsions occurring in my child?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Febrile seizures are common and very scary events.
They occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5-6 years of age, when they have a sudden rise in their body temperature. Your child has a higher chance of having febrile seizures if he/she has had them before, or if they have a sibling that has had them.

In brief: Yes

Febrile seizures are common and very scary events.
They occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5-6 years of age, when they have a sudden rise in their body temperature. Your child has a higher chance of having febrile seizures if he/she has had them before, or if they have a sibling that has had them.
Dr. Ruben Nazario
Dr. Ruben Nazario
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: 4%

Febrile seizures occur in 4% of children between 6 months and 6 years of age.

In brief: 4%

Febrile seizures occur in 4% of children between 6 months and 6 years of age.
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Only 3-4% of young children experience febrile convulsion when they develop a high fever.
A majority of these children have a strong family history of febrile convulsion in siblings and parents.

In brief: Yes

Only 3-4% of young children experience febrile convulsion when they develop a high fever.
A majority of these children have a strong family history of febrile convulsion in siblings and parents.
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Any young child can have a "seizure with a fever".
If the seizure is a minute or less, and the child acts normally a few minutes after the seizure, usually there will be no lasting effects from the seizure. The parents should talk with the doctor right after the seizure. If the child is less than 6 months, or the seizure is worrisome or prolonged, parents should call 911 for an ambulance.

In brief: Yes

Any young child can have a "seizure with a fever".
If the seizure is a minute or less, and the child acts normally a few minutes after the seizure, usually there will be no lasting effects from the seizure. The parents should talk with the doctor right after the seizure. If the child is less than 6 months, or the seizure is worrisome or prolonged, parents should call 911 for an ambulance.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

1 child in 10 has febrile seizures.
These are not preventable with any medication. Fortunately they are not associated with seizure disorder, brain damage or other long term problems here's a little for you: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=du_e5ri2qj0.

In brief: Yes

1 child in 10 has febrile seizures.
These are not preventable with any medication. Fortunately they are not associated with seizure disorder, brain damage or other long term problems here's a little for you: http://www.Youtube.Com/watch?V=du_e5ri2qj0.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Most children will never have a febrile seizure.
The risk is increased if the child has had a previous seizure or if there is a positive family history. Unfortunately, current evidence does not show that any treatments prevent febrile seizures, however they are not considered serious, but they can be frightening.

In brief: Yes

Most children will never have a febrile seizure.
The risk is increased if the child has had a previous seizure or if there is a positive family history. Unfortunately, current evidence does not show that any treatments prevent febrile seizures, however they are not considered serious, but they can be frightening.
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