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Look for these signs of Febrile Convulsion

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A febrile convulsion is a seizure caused by a rise in the body temperatures in children younger than 6 years.

Children who have a febrile seizure are at a risk for having another febrile seizure; this occurs in approximately 30 to 35% of cases. [1]

-Self -diagnosable
-Self Treatable
-Short-term, usually resolves within days

It is usually triggered by a fever higher than 102.2°F . There are two types of seizures: simple and complex. Complex seizures usually last longer.

Symptoms:

Convulsions usually show the following symptoms:
- Loss of consciousness
- Twitching limbs or rhythmic convulsions
- Confusion or tiredness after seizures
- No arm or leg weaknesses
- Eye rolling
- Unresponsiveness
- Moaning
- Loss of bowel or bladder control
- Bleeding tongue or mouth from biting down

Simple seizures last for less than 2 mins; however, some can last for more than 15 mins. Simple convulsions happen only once in 24 hours. Complex seizures can last for 15-30 mins and can occur multiple times in a day.

Self-care:

Febrile seizures do not usually cause any lasting issues; however, it is important to consult your doctor to rule out Meningitis. Febrile seizures do not require any medication.
In case of a seizure:
- Roll your child to one side
- Avoid putting anything in their mouth or restricting their movement
- Remove objects that might hurt them during a convulsion
- Time the convulsion
If the seizures last for more than 5 mins and there’s a lack of breath, seek immediate help.

Medication:
Post-seizure, medications like Ibuprofen or acetaminophen will help reduce fever. Treatment of recurrent seizure involves taking Diazepam, which has to be administered rectally.

Specialists:
Febrile seizures may not be a cause of concern. However, it is important to visit your doctor to avoid recurrence. At mfine, we provide professional guidance in all areas of healthcare.

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