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First Aid: Febrile Seizures

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Febrile seizures are convulsions that occur in some children with fevers. They affect kids 6 months to 5 years old (most commonly, toddlers 12-18 months old), and usually happen on the first day of a fever above 100.4ºF (38ºC).

Although they can be frightening, febrile seizures usually stop on their own after a few minutes and don't cause any other health problems.

Signs and Symptoms

During a febrile seizure, your child may:

What to Do

If you think your child is having a seizure due to fever, try to stay calm and:

Seek Emergency Medical Care

If Your Child:

Think Prevention!

No one knows why febrile seizures happen, so they usually can't be prevented. If your child is uncomfortable due to the fever, give acetaminophen or ibuprofen as directed. It's important to call your doctor for an evaluation after a febrile seizure.

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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