Febrile seizures.

Posted by on April 7, 2016 in child cpr, First aid for children, Infant and child safety | Comments Off on Febrile seizures.

Febrile seizures.

What are febrile seizures?

They are seizures or convulsions that occur in about 2-5% of young children between 6 months and five years old that are triggered by a high fever. The risk peaks during the second year of life.

It may accompany a cold, ear infection or flu. In some cases a child may not have a fever at the time of the seizure, but will develop one a few hours later.

What happens?

The child will lose consciousness and both arms and legs will shake uncontrollably. Most only last a few minutes and are accompanied by a fever above 101 degrees F or 38.3 degrees C.

What should you do?

  • Stay calm.
  • Note the start time, a description of the seizure and how long it lasted.
  • Call 911 or your local emergency number if this is the childs’ first seizure or it is lasting more than 5 minutes.
  • Protect the child. Move anything that can cause harm away from her.
  • Do not try to stop the seizure or put anything in the mouth.
  • After the seizure has ended turn the child on his side if you do not suspect a neck or spinal injury.

Although febrile seizures are very frightening for a parent or caretaker they do not cause any long term damage.

It does not mean that the child has epilepsy. Approximately 40% of children who have one febrile seizure will have an occurrence.

Be prepared to do CPR if the child is unresponsive and not breathing.