Febrile seizures

What is Febrile seizures?

A febrile seizure, also known as a fever fit or febrile convulsion, is an epileptic seizure associated with a high body temperature but without any serious underlying health issue. They most commonly occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years. Most seizures are less than five minutes in duration and the child is completely back to normal within sixty minutes of the event.

Febrile seizures may run in families. The diagnosis involves verifying that there is not an infection of the brain, there are no metabolic problems, and there have not been prior seizures that have occurred without a fever. There are two types of febrile seizures, simple febrile seizures and complex febrile seizures. Simple febrile seizures involve an otherwise healthy child who has at most one tonic-clonic seizure lasting less than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period. Blood testing, imaging of the brain or an electroencephalogram (EEG) is typically not needed for the diagnosis. Examination to determine the source of the fever is recommended. In otherwise healthy looking children a lumbar puncture is not necessarily required.

Neither anti-seizure medication nor anti-fever medication is recommended in an effort to prevent further simple febrile seizures. In the few cases that last greater than five minutes a benzodiazepine such as lorazepam or midazolam may be used. --> There is tentative evidence that children have a slight increased risk of epilepsy at 2%. Febrile seizures affect two to ten percent of children before the age of five.

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my son was in childrens hospital on the 9th of august and didn't get to come home until Monday the 9th they said he had pneumonia and febrile...

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Febrile seizures are seen commonly in children with high grade fever. He has been suffering from Pneumonia and developed...

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Does frisium cause hyperactiviness in infant. My baby of 1.5 years had a febrile seizure and was given 2 doses of 5mg frisium (1/2 tablet in the...

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Clobazam (frisium) can cause Ataxia, aggression & hyperactivity as side effects.

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If a child have been diagnosed with febril seizures in the past and went a couple of years on medication without an episode and finally went a 6...

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Febrile seizure can recur up to 5-7 years age despite all measures. It is rare for it being epilepsy but there are certain risk factors for...

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