Febrile Convulsion

Febrile convulsions are associated with fever and usually resolve without treatment. They occur in approximately 3% of children at some stage between the age of six months and six years. Children who suffer from a febrile convulsion are not at increased risk of epilepsy as a result of experiencing febrile convulsions.

Recognition
  • Twitching or jerking of arms and legs
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Eyes rolling back, only the whites of their eyes are visible.
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Child may go red or blue in the face.
Management
  • DO NOT panic
  • Time how long the seizure lasts, if possible.
  • Place child on a soft surface, lying on their side or back, protect from any dangers.
  • Try to watch exactly what happens, so that you can describe it to the doctor later. It can be useful if you are able to record video footage of the seizure to show the doctor.
  • Remove any excess clothing.
  • DO NOT restrain your child.
  • DO NOT put anything in their mouth, including your fingers. Your child will not choke or swallow their tongue.
  • DO NOT put a child who is having a seizure in the bath to lower their temperature.

Call “000” if convulsion lasts longer than 5 minutes.