Febrile Convulsions

Febrile Convulsions
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Febrile convulsions occur suddenly and a parent or bystander who has not observed this phenomenon before can panic seeing their child not breathing during a seizure. A Febrile convulsion is a common medical condition. Approximately three percent of children aged 6 months to 6 years have a convulsion when they have a fever or high temperature.

The Febrile convulsion or fit happens when the normal brain activity is disturbed and usually occurs without warning. They usually occur when the child has a fever or high temperature. The child may become stiff or floppy, become unconscious or unaware of their surroundings, display jerking or twitching movements their eyes may roll back and have difficulty breathing. After one to three minutes the child will begin breathing normally again.

If your baby has a convulsion you should take note of how long the convulsion lasts. Do not try to restrain your baby and do not put anything in their mouth. Stay with your baby and place them on their side with a rolled towel behind them for support. Loosen tight clothing from around the neck. If the convulsion only lasts up to a couple of minutes arrange to see your local doctor.

If the convulsion lasts more than five minutes, starts up again after the first one stops or if your baby has difficulty breathing or looks particularly unwell call an ambulance immediately.

It is not uncommon for a child to have another episode so it is important to ensure they do not develop a high temperature in the future. This can be controlled by using a paracetamol and seeking medical attention.

Always remember to seek medical advice if you are in any way concerned about your child.

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