Febril Seizures And Toddlers

High fevers can cause febrile seizures, but most often while scary, these fevers often do not reoccur.

Checking the small clock on the microwave, the mom noted that it was just 2:30 a.m. For more than 12 hours she had been awake comforting her two-year-old son as his temperature fluctuated between 100 and 103 degrees. Trying to calm her rising fears, the concerned mom began walking towards the telephone to call the child's pediatrician. Before she reached her destination, the child began trembling uncontrollably. Horrified, the mom screamed for help, the toddler was having a seizure.

Seizures like these that occur when your child is battling fever, usually during an illness, are dubbed febrile seizures. High fevers can cause seizures, but most often while scary, these fevers often do not recur. They can strike sick kids under age 5 with very high fevers and last upwards to 15 minutes. That's the bad news.

The good news is that febrile seizures are generally not life-threatening. In many cases, if your child has a febrile seizure it's likely that he or she won't have another. So, while it may be a frightening event, chances are your child doesn't have epilepsy, a concern of many parents after their child has a febrile seizure. While febrile seizures often occur when a child is sick and/or has a fever, generally it is a one -time event. Epilepsy, on the other hand, is a medical condition in which a child (or adult) has frequent, non-fever-related seizures. In other words, these seizures can happen often and the person does not have to be otherwise ill.



What can you do for your child that during and after a febrile seizure?

First, seek help. Prompt medical attention is always the best defense against any illness, especially in toddlers. Even if you have first aid experience, it's a good idea to get assistance - don't hesitate to call 911. The on-call medical assistance will provide pointers on how best to make your child comfortable. Tip: if your child wears disposable diapers take them off as soon as possible. The material keeps heat in which, in turn, will further aggravate your feverish babe.

Second, have your medical records handy. In case you have to run to the emergency room, it's a good idea to keep handy a list of your child's drug allergies. While you may not have previously appreciated such wisdom, you will in the event of a febrile seizure, which can cause you to be a little more concerned, and a lot less efficient, than usual. If you have the list, it can better prepare the hospital staff to treat your sick child.

Third, follow doctor's orders. If you receive medications and or instructions from emergency medical staff, be diligent. By doing so, you will help your child to have a quicker recovery.

Fourth, follow-up with your child's physician. Even if you go to the emergency room, you should give your child's doctor a call, detailing the situation and any treatment plan you were given. In many cases, the pediatrician will want to see your child, so be prepared to bring a copy of any materials received at the hospital.

Fifth, and finally, be prepared to pamper your child. It's quite possible that your child will be more clingy after a febrile seizure, especially during the first few days following the seizure. Take time to pamper your child, offering the comfort and reassurance he or she needs to begin feeling emotionally better.

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