Seizures Fever in Children

Posted: December 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

Febrile seizures or step (from the Dutch, koortsstuipen) is a seizure triggered by fever. This is a fairly common condition in children. Approximately 3-5% of children under 6 years of age have been there. Most often, febrile seizures occurred at the age of 18 months up 3 years. Children under 6 months and over 6 years experience rarely.

Symptoms of febrile seizures
At the time of seizure begins, your body suddenly stiff and his eyes rolled back. Soon she lost consciousness. The body, hands and feet then stiffened (twitch) with head terdongak. Child’s skin becomes dark, possibly blue. His breathing was irregular. This condition usually does not last long. Within a few seconds to minutes your child will gradually regain consciousness. Your child may look sleepy for some time before returning to normal. Although it only lasted a few minutes, a seizure may be very long for those who watched. Seizures in children is always a frightening experience.

Febrile seizures occur because of electrical activity in the brain is interrupted by a fever. Febrile seizures may be the first sign of disease. Most febrile seizures occur within the first 24 hours of illness and not always at the highest fever. Diseases that can cause febrile seizures is the flu, colds, ear infections and other infections are usually not serious. However, serious illnesses such as pneumonia or meningitis can also be a cause. The tendency to get febrile seizures inherited in families. Child has a febrile seizure risk is 10-20% if one parent ever got. The risk increased to about 30% if both parents and siblings never got it.

If your child has a febrile seizure, do the following:

Lay your child on the floor or a soft padded mattress. Do not lay the child on the bed or table so narrow that risk falls. You can put a pillow on her head.
If the child begins to vomit or saliva collecting in his mouth, slowly twisting his body so he would not choke.
Loosen tight clothing, especially around the neck.
Remove dangerous objects that could injure him.
Do not hold your child’s movements during a seizure.
Do not put any objects into his mouth. Previously people used to put sticks in your child’s mouth to prevent biting the tongue, but it is a bad idea because the risk of tooth decay and other mouth injuries.
Try to remain calm. Seizures will stop on its own within a few minutes.
Focus your attention to reduce fever:

Contact your doctor immediately if the seizure lasts more than 5 minutes, occur more than once in the same day or your child looks weak or ill after the seizure ends.

Will recurrent febrile seizures?
Most febrile seizures do not recur (only happens once in a lifetime kid). However, research shows that 1 in 3 children who have experienced febrile seizures for the second time. The risk of recurrent febrile seizures increases if your child is younger than 18 months, if there is a family history of febrile seizures or if the cause of the fever is not too high (38.5 degrees or less).

Are seizures can cause brain damage?
Febrile seizures do not cause brain damage. Even seizure that lasts an hour or more were almost never cause brain damage. Seizures also does not mean your child has epilepsy. Epileptic seizures are not caused or accompanied by fever. However, the possibility of developing epilepsy in children who have a febrile seizure a few times is a bit higher than those without experience. Chance of developing epilepsy in children who have experienced febrile seizures is 2% to 4%.


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