Children and Young People’s Emergency Department
You have been given this information because your child has been diagnosed with a febrile convulsion.
Febrile convulsions are fits or seizures that occur in a child with a high temperature. They are not epileptic seizures. Around 1 in 20 children will have at least one febrile convulsion.
Most occur with common infections such as coughs and colds, or ear infections. Occasionally your child will have a more serious infection such as a kidney infection or pneumonia as the cause.
Symptoms of a febrile convulsion
- Arm or leg twitching
- Whole body stiffness
- Your child may wet themselves
- Usually last less than 5 minutes
- Loss of consciousness
- Eye rolling
- Sleepy after the event
Investigation for a febrile convulsion
No investigations are required if your child has made a quick recovery, with a simple febrile convulsion, and a clear focus of infection.
Treatment of a febrile convulsion
If your child is fitting lay them in the recovery position
– Lay them on their side, with their faced turned to one side and head lifted up
– This will help prevent the swallowing of any vomit or blockage of the airway
Avoid placing your fingers in their mouth
When the seizure stops try to cool your child
If it is a first seizure, lasted longer than 5 minutes or they have not recovered quickly take them to the nearest hospital, or dial 999.
Following a febrile convulsion
Seeing a child having a seizure can be frightening and distressing for parents. However, almost all children make a complete recovery with no after-effects.
There is a small link to developing epilepsy in later life, a 1 in 50 chance. And a future febrile convulsion is more likely under the age of 15 months.
For further advice and information about your condition, please choose from the following:
- ‘NHS Patient Choices’ website: www.nhs.uk
- ‘Making Lives Better’ patient website: www.patient.info
- Telephone NHS 111
- Contact your General Practitioner
- The James Cook University Hospital, Marton Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 3BW
Telephone: 01642 850850
- The Friarage, Northallerton, North Yorkshire, DL6 1JG
Telephone: 01609 779911
- Redcar Primary Care Hospital, West Dyke Road, Redcar, TS10 4NW
Telephone: 01642 511000
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