Taking care of children sounds exciting, but is a highly responsible task too. It requires a lot of attention, patience, and care for your little one. If something goes wrong with your child, you will start panicking and worried as your little one will not be able to express. A newborn baby is in the stage of developing the immunity power so he or she is prone to fall sick. One such condition that can occur to your toddler is a febrile seizure.
What Is Febrile Seizure?
Febrile seizures are also known as febrile convulsions or fever fit. Febrile seizures basically occur in younger children whose age is between 3 months to 3 years. They start to develop a fever that could be as high as 103-degree Fahrenheit. As the fever increases, it triggers seizures. The convulsions that can happen during fever is called febrile seizures. It does not have any serious underlying health issue. But if children have a recurrent febrile seizure then they are prone to develop epilepsy in their later lives.
There are two types in it
- Simple febrile seizures which last for 2 minutes
- Complex febrile seizures which last for 15 minutes
Febrile seizures can stop on its own.
What Are The Symptoms?
The symptoms of febrile seizure are depended on the type.
In a Simple febrile seizure, the symptoms are
- Loss of consciousness
- Convulsions in rhythmic patterns
- It happens only once in 24 hours
In a complex febrile seizure, the symptoms include
- Loss of consciousness
- Twitching of limbs
- Temporary weakness in one arm or leg
- Multiple seizures within 24 hours
What Are The Causes?
A febrile seizure occurs if your child has an illness but the seizures may occur even before you know that your little one is sick. The causes for febrile seizures include:
Immunizations can cause febrile seizures because basically, children tend to get high fever right after immunization for 8-14 days
A fever that is caused due to viral or bacterial infection.
This condition can pass on from one generation to the next. In case any of the family members have had a febrile seizure, it can put your child at risk for having them.
How To Treat Febrile Seizures?
It does not have a lasting effect but it is your responsibility to take important steps when your child develops seizures. While your child has a febrile seizure here are few steps you should follow
- Roll them onto one side
- Do not put anything in their mouth
- Do not try to stop the convulsions or twitching
- Remove any harmful objects nearby
- Try to time the seizures
- Wipe their skin with a wet cloth to cool them down after the seizure stops.
Make sure that you call the doctor in the emergency department as soon as the seizure starts. The doctor should make sure that the child does not have meningitis, which could be dangerous. After the febrile seizure ends you can consult a doctor to get medications to lower the fever such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Hospitalization will be required only if the child has a serious infection that may require a treatment. In a majority of the cases, children do not require medications. You can learn from the doctor to give home treatment if the seizures are recurrent.
This could be frightening for you as you do not know the actual reason for your little one’s sickness. Do not worry as the doctors at Ankura hospital are here to give the utmost care for your precious one.
[Also read – Epilepsy in Kids: Symptoms and Treatments]
About The Hospital:
Ankura is a chain of Children’s Hospital in Hyderabad. Set up in the year 2011 in KPHB, near Hitech Railway Station, the Ankura Hospitals family has today spread its wings to Secunderabad, Khammam, and Vijayawada.