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 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 October 16, 2019

Sources

SOURCES:

The Nemours Foundation: "Seizures."

The Nemours Foundation: "Febrile Seizures."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Febrile Seizures."

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