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    Febrile Seizures in Children Treatment

    Call 911 if:

    • The child stops breathing or is turning blue.
    • This is the child's first seizure.
    • Seizure lasts more than ten minutes or is accompanied by breathing problems.
    • The child is not awake and alert after seizure.

    • The child stops breathing or is turning blue.
    • This is the child's first seizure.
    • Seizure lasts more than ten minutes or is accompanied by breathing problems.
    • The child is not awake and alert after seizure.

    Witnessing a child have a seizure is frightening and you should seek emergency help to be safe. But seizures often don't cause serious health problems. Febrile seizures, which happen during a fever, can be common in toddlers and young children.

    When to Call a Doctor

    • If the child has had a seizure before and your pediatrician has told you what to do, take those steps. You should also call your pediatrician.

    1. Keep Your Child Safe

    • Place the child on the floor and clear away objects that are close.
    • Don't put anything in the child's mouth.
    • Move the child onto his side, and clear out his mouth if he vomits.
    • Don't try to hold the child down or restrain her movements.
    • Do not leave the child unattended.

    2. Follow Up

    • The doctor will most likely want to examine the child.
    • The doctor may want to do testing to make sure the child does not have a serious infection, especially if the child is under age 1.
    • The doctor will advise you how to lower fever. Do not try to lower fever after a seizure without consulting your doctor.
    • Hospitalization is usually not necessary.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on February 16, 2016

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