Seizures associated with a fever typically occur in young children and usually are not dangerous for the child.
Signs and symptoms:
- Stiffness in body
- Body twitches/convulsions
- Eyes may roll up
- May become unconscious
- Usually last for less than 5 minutes
- Can become disoriented and sleepy after seizure
In case of a febrile seizure:
- Stay calm.
- Lay child down on the ground on his/her side.
- Remove any nearby objects.
- Loosen clothing.
- Do not put anything into your child’s mouth.
- Do not restrain child.
- Record the start and stop time of the seizure.
- Call your pediatrician after the seizure is over.
Call 911 if :
- Seizure persists longer than 5 minutes.
- Child is having difficulty breathing.
- If child turns blue during the seizure.
- If child remains unconscious after the seizure.
- If child hits his/her head during the seizure.
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|Understanding Febrile Seizures|
Author : Diba Tillery RN, BSN, IBCLC, CPST