A febrile seizure is a seizure in a child that may be due to a sudden increase in body temperature, usually from an infection. It occurs in young children with normal development without a history of neurological symptoms. It may cause concern that your child has a febrile seizure and the few minutes it lasts may seem like an eternity. Fortunately, they are usually harmless and usually do not indicate a serious health problem. It may help to protect your child during a febrile seizure and to comfort him after the seizure has passed. Call the doctor to have your child evaluated as soon as possible after a febrile seizure.
The most common symptoms in general, a child having a febrile seizure shakes from head to toe and loses consciousness. Sometimes, the child may become very rigid or contract in only one part of the body.
The following may happen to a child who has a febrile seizure:
Have a fever over 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
Loss of consciousness
Slimming down arms and legs
Febrile seizures are classified as simple or complex:
Simple febrile seizures. This most common type lasts from a few seconds to 15 minutes. Simple febrile seizures do not recur within a 24-hour period and are not specific to one part of the body. complex febrile seizures This type lasts longer than 15 minutes, occurs more than once in 24 hours, or is limited to one side of your child’s body.
Febrile seizures occur most often within 24 hours of the start of the fever and may be the first sign that the child is sick. They are usually very common, especially between the first and fifth years of age due to brain immaturity. They are usually benign episodes, requiring no treatment. Fever in febrile seizures has its origin in the most prevalent infectious conditions in these ages.