Febrile Seizure

Monday, August 03, 2015

Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. Dr. Edward Hill discusses febrile seizures in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

When young children have a seizure, it is often caused by a fever above 102 degrees Fahrenheit. These are called fever seizures or febrile seizures. Febrile seizures can occur in children ages 6 months to 5 years, but are most common in toddlers ages 12 months to 18 months.

A febrile seizure doesnt cause brain damage. Febrile seizures usually last a few minutes. Its very unusual for a febrile seizure to last more than five minutes.

If your child has a febrile seizure, try to remain calm. Most seizures stop on their own within a few minutes. Dont restrain your childs movements during the seizure and dont put anything in your childs mouth. Call 911 if the seizure lasts more than 10 minutes or is accompanied by a stiff neck, vomiting or breathing problems.

Usually, a child who has had a febrile seizure does not need to be hospitalized. Your child may only need to be seen by your family doctor so the cause of the fever can be found.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.