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What causes high fever followed by a seizure?

My 1 year old great grandson had a high fever and ended up having a seizure and stopped breathing. they got him breathing again and took him to the er and he is now in the hospital. I think the fever is down but now he has diarrhea and vomiting and his oxygen level was in the low 70s so he is also on oxygen. They took him off the IVs for a while to see if he would stay hydrated on his own. But I was told they don t think he has any respiratory problems. They did blood work and he does have the flu. What else could be going on? and is he in danger of dying?
Mon, 17 Dec 2018
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hi,

Seizures with high-grade fever in children is common. We call it febrile seizures. Febrile seizures itself are not very dangerous, however, the primary disease that causes the fever is important. If that is treated then febrile seizures have a good outcome.

One thing here to rule out and is serious is meningitis or encephalitis that should be considered and urgently treated. If the doctor says your child has no serious infection then the febrile seizures are not very serious.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Mahboob Ur Rahman,
General & Family Physician
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