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    Seizures in Children

    Call 911 if the child:

    • Has a seizure
    • Has trouble breathing
    • Turns blue
    • Hits his head before or during a seizure
    • Is unconscious for several minutes
    • Might have ingested anything poisonous

    • Has a seizure
    • Has trouble breathing
    • Turns blue
    • Hits his head before or during a seizure
    • Is unconscious for several minutes
    • Might have ingested anything poisonous

    Seeing 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.

    Call Doctor If:

    Even if your child has had a seizure before and your pediatrician has told you what to do, you should still call your pediatrician.

    If your child is breathing normally, keep your child safe:

    • Place your child on the floor on his or her side and clear away objects that are in close proximity.
    • Loosen tight clothing surrounding the head or neck.
    • Don't put anything in your child's mouth or try to stop the seizures in any way.
    • If your child vomits, move him or his head to the side and clear out his mouth.
    • Don't try to hold your child down or restrain her movements.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Dan Brennan, MD on September 15, 2015

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