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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.
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  • 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 Daniel Brennan, MD on February 22, 2014

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