Fever Seizures - Home Treatment
Protect your child from injury
during a seizure:
- Ease the child to the floor, or lay a very small
child facedown on your lap. Do not restrain the child.
- Turn the
child onto his or her side, which will help clear the mouth of any vomit or
saliva. This will help keep the tongue from blocking the air passage so the
child can breathe. Keeping the head and chin forward (in the same position as
when you sniff a flower) also will help keep the air passage
- Loosen clothing.
- Do not put anything in the
child's mouth to prevent tongue-biting. This could cause
- Try to stay calm, which will help calm the child. Comfort
the child with quiet, soothing talk.
- Time the length of the seizure
and pay close attention to the child's behavior during the seizure so you can
describe it to your child's doctor.
Check your child for injuries after the seizure:
- If the child is having trouble breathing, turn
his or her head to the side and, using your finger, gently clear the mouth of
any vomit or saliva to aid breathing.
- If the child does
not need to see a doctor right away, put him or her in a cool room
to sleep. Sleepiness is common following a seizure. Check on the child often.
Normal behavior and activity level should return within 60 minutes of the
If your child has had a fever seizure in the past and you have
talked with your child's doctor about how to care for your child after a
seizure, be sure to follow the doctor's instructions.
For home treatment of a
fever, see the topic
Fever or Chills, Age 11 and Younger.
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
Call your doctor if any of the following occur during home
- Another seizure occurs with the same fever
- Other symptoms of illness develop, such as an infection.
- Symptoms become more severe or frequent.