How common are febrile convulsions?
It is estimated that around one in every 30 children experience febrile convulsions. Boys and girls appear to be equally affected.
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Febrile convulsions are fits or seizures caused by a fever above 38°C, which may occur during a viral or bacterial infection.
Some of the typical symptoms include: loss of consciousness, foaming at the mouth, eye rolling, and jerking of arms or legs.
The convulsions are caused by an abrupt increase in temperature, associated with an infection. They occur in children as their brains appear to be more sensitive to this sudden change in temperature.
Febrile convulsions commonly occur in children aged between 3 months and 5 years.
Once a seizure starts, make sure the child is safe by placing them on their side, on the floor. Don't shake the child or try and restrain them. Keep track of how long the seizure lasts. Once the seizure is over, have your child checked …
There is no known way to prevent the convulsions; treating the fever with paracetamol or ibuprofen has not been shown to be effective in preventing convulsions.
It is estimated that around a third of children will experience recurring febrile convulsions.
There are two main types of febrile convulsions: simple convulsions last less than 15 minutes, affect general areas of the body and don't recur within 24 hours. Complex convulsions last longer than 15 minutes, affect specific areas of the …