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What are febrile convulsions?
Febrile convulsions are fits or seizures caused by a fever above 38Â°C, which may occur during a viral or bacterial infection.
What causes febrile convulsions?
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.
Who gets febrile convulsions?
Febrile convulsions commonly occur in children aged between 3 months and 5 years.
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.
What can be done at home to treat febrile convulsions?
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 …
Can febrile convulsions be prevented?
There is no known way to prevent the convulsions; treating the fever with acetaminophen or ibuprofen has not been shown to be effective in preventing convulsions.
Will febrile convulsions keep coming back?
It is estimated that around a third of children will experience recurring febrile convulsions.
Are there different types of 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 …
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Author: Dr Nikki Wallis PhD, BSc
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Febrile convulsions