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Fever Seizures - Check Your Symptoms

Call 911 if:

  • The child stops breathing for longer than 15 to 20 seconds or has severe trouble breathing.
  • A seizure lasts longer than 3 minutes, or the child has a second seizure.
  • Seizure occurs with fever, vomiting, severe headache, sleepiness, not being alert or active, stiff neck, or a bulging soft spot on a baby's head.

Call a doctor if:

  • It is the child's first seizure, or you have not discussed with your doctor what to do if there is another one.
  • A child younger than 6 months or a child 5 years or older has a seizure.
  • The seizure affects only one side of the body.
  • A seizure occurs without fever.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 14, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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