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What do I need to know about convulsion in children?

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Convulsions, also known as seizures, in babies and young children can be terrifying for parents, and to be safe you should seek emergency help. But convulsions often don't cause serious health problems. In toddlers, though rare, fevers can sometimes trigger convulsions. Even if your child has had a convulsion before and your pediatrician has told you what to do, you should still call your pediatrician.

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

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