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Febrile Seizure

more about Febrile Seizure

  • A febrile Seizure is a Seizure that occurs at the onset of an illness with fever, and appears to be associated with the rapid rise of body temperature.
  • These Seizures are common: about 5% of children will have a febrile Seizure before they reach 6 years of age.
  • FebrileSeizures usually happen at the start of the fever.
  • Children whose parents had febrile Seizures are slightly more likely to have a febrile Seizure, but the reasons for this are not entirely clear.

  • Generalized Seizure with movement of both arms and legs in a rhythmic fashion.
  • Less than 15 minutes in length
  • Short period of disorientation and sleepiness after Seizure, generally less than 15 minutes (called a postictal period)
  • After the postictal period, child appears normal and is playful and interactive.

  • If a febrile Seizure fits the classic description above, a physician might review the situation and decide that little or no laboratory testing is required that day (depending on the specific facts of that child's situation that day).  The physician might lean towards this decision if the child has had several febrile seizures in the past, and is now normal-appearing.
  • A physical examination to determine the source of the fever should be done.

  • Classic febrile Seizures do not require therapy; however, the condition that caused the fever should be treated, if possible.
  • Some doctors will use around-the-clock doses of antifever medicines (such as Tylenol, Motrin, or Advil) to keep the fever low until the infection that is responsible for the fever begins to resolve.
  • If symptoms are not typical, further studies, including tests for Meningitis (brain infection) may be needed.

  • Most children with febrile Seizures do very well and never have another Seizure.  However, if your doctor thinks your child may be at risk for Seizures in the future, low doses of anti-Seizure medications may be prescribed for use when he/she has a fever.

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