A febrile seizure refers to a convulsive episode occurring in a child, typically triggered by the presence of a fever. Fever is frequently caused by an infection. Young, healthy children with normal development and no prior history of neurological problems may experience febrile seizures.
When your child experiences a febrile seizure, it might be scary. Thankfully, febrile seizures are normally innocuous, only last a few minutes, and don’t usually signify a significant medical issue.
You can assist by ensuring your child’s safety throughout a febrile seizure and by providing support following it. After a febrile seizure, call your doctor to get your child evaluated as soon as you can.
A child having a febrile seizure typically shakes all over and falls unconscious. The child may occasionally become quite stiff or twitch only in that particular area of the body.
When having a febrile seizure, a child might:
Simple or complex febrile seizures are categorized as follows:
Most frequently starting within a day after a fever, febrile seizures might be a child’s first indicator of illness.
After your child experiences their first febrile seizure, even if it just lasts a few seconds, take them to the doctor as soon as you can. If the seizure lasts more than five minutes or is accompanied by the following, call an ambulance to take your child to the hospital:
Frequent febrile seizures are typically brought on by elevated body temperatures. A febrile seizure can be brought on by even a low–grade fever.
Viral infections are more frequently to blame for the fevers that result in febrile seizures than bacterial infections. The two viruses that usually cause high fevers, influenza and roseola appear to be most frequently linked to febrile seizures.
Some children vaccines may raise the risk of febrile seizures. These include the measles–mumps–rubella vaccination and the diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine. After receiving a vaccination, a kid may experience a low–grade fever. The seizure is brought on by the temperature, not the shot.
A febrile seizure is more likely to occur when certain conditions exist, such as:
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