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Children's Health

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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.

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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