Seizure, febrile

  • Convulsions or seizures that occur during fever
  • Affects entire body
  • Symptoms may include fever and seizures, most commonly occurring at a fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) or more
  • Cause may be unknown or due to viral infections such as ear infections or meningitis, may also be hereditary
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but most common in young children
  • May be mild to severe with increased risk of injury if seizure occurs while standing
  • Not life threatening

DURING SEIZURE

  • Keep child safe by placing them on their side on floor, away from hard or sharp objects
  • Loosen tight clothing
  • Avoid restraining child or putting anything in or near mouth
  • Stay at child’s side and time the length of seizure activity

 

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration

 

Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):

  • Acetaminophen
  • Ibuprofen
  • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

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