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Febrile seizures

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Febrile seizures

April 11, 2012

Febrile seizures, or “fever seizures”, occur in about 5% of children between the ages of 1 to 3 years of age and happen when the child has a temperature of 102 degrees F or higher. The episode typically lasts a minute or two and is characterized by shaking, twitching or stiffness. The child may roll his eyes back or become unconscious. Confusion or drowsiness is common after the seizure. Although frightening, these episodes are not harmful and generally do not recur, with children outgrowing the risk as they get older. However, the potential of developing epilepsy is slightly higher in children who have had a febrile seizure. If a febrile seizure develops, place the child on his side and don’t try to restrain his movements. Once the episode is over, try to bring down the fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, NOT by immersing the child in a cold tub of water. Call 911 immediately if the seizure lasts more than 10 minutes, or is accompanied by neck stiffness, vomiting or breathing difficulties…..Richard R Samuel, MD Family Practice and Urgent Care Hayden, ID USA

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