Febrile Seizures

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Febrile Seizures
Once the seizure has ended, the child should be taken to his or her doctor to check for the source of the fever
If the seizure lasts longer than 10 minutes, the child should be taken immediately to the nearest medical facilit
The parent should never place anything in the child's mouth during a convulsion
When possible, the parent should gently remove all objects in the child's mouth
What should be done for a child having a febrile seizure
To prevent choking, the child should be placed on his or her side or stomach
The child should not be held or restrained during a convulsion
To prevent accidental injury, the child should be placed on a protected surface such as the floor or ground
Stay calm and carefully observe the child
Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. During a febrile seizure, a child often loses consciousness and shakes, moving limbs on both sides of the body. Less commonly, the child becomes rigid or has twitches in only a portion of the body, such as an arm or a leg, or on the right or the left side only. Most febrile seizures last a minute or two, although some can be as brief as a few seconds while others last for more than 15 minutes.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. www.ninds.nih.gov

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