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
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 onto his side and clear out his mouth.
- Don't try to hold your child down or restrain her movements.