And How to Keep Your Child From Getting Fever Seizures

Signs, Symptoms & Causes

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Don’t panic! A fever seizure will stop by itself in a few minutes. The two things you can do are:

•  Try to keep your child from getting hurt during the seizure.

•  Lower his or her fever.

Follow these tips during the seizure:

•  Protect your child from falling and hitting his or her head. (Watch out for tables and sharp things.)

•  Make sure your child can breathe:

– Roll the child on his or her side so spit can drain from the mouth.

– Gently pull on the jaw and bend the neck back. (This opens up the throat.)

•  Don’t put anything in your child’s mouth. Children hardly ever bite their tongues during a fever seizure.

•  Don’t give your child any medicine, food, or drink by mouth.

Follow these tips after the seizure:

•  If the seizure was from a fever, start lowering the fever. Sponge your child’s body with lukewarm water. Don’t use rubbing alcohol. Don’t put the child in a bathtub. Don’t use an ice pack. It drops the temperature too fast.

•  Your child will probably be sleepy after the seizure. He or she may not remember anything. This is O.K.

•  Dress the child in light, loose clothes. Put him or her to sleep in a cool room.

•  Let your child's doctor know about the seizure.

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