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.
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 their side, and clear out their mouth if they vomit.
- Don't try to hold the child down or restrain their 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.