PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

What can I do for a child with convulsions while waiting for medical help?

ANSWER

If your child is breathing normally, keep them 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 convulsion unless your pediatrician has told you what to do.
  • If your child vomits, move him onto his side and clear out his mouth.
  • Don't try to hold your child down or restrain his movements.

From: Convulsions in Children WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Febrile Seizures."

HealthyChildren.org: "Seizures, Convulsions, and Epilepsy."

HealthyChildren.org:"Fever and Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org: "First Aid Guide."

Epilepsy Care and Research Foundation: "Epilepsy & Children."

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Febrile Seizures: Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 11, 2017

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Febrile Seizures."

HealthyChildren.org: "Seizures, Convulsions, and Epilepsy."

HealthyChildren.org:"Fever and Your Baby."

HealthyChildren.org: "First Aid Guide."

Epilepsy Care and Research Foundation: "Epilepsy & Children."

National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke: "Febrile Seizures: Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on September 11, 2017

NEXT QUESTION:

When should I get medical care for my child after a minor injury?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.