Febrile seizures (convulsions caused by fever)

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Read about the symptoms, prevention, first aid treatment and proper care for a child experiencing febrile seizures (convulsions)

Key points

  • Febrile seizures are episodes of uncontrollable jerking movements and loss of consciousness when a child has a fever.
  • Febrile seizures are common in children between the ages of six months and five years.
  • During a febrile seizure, keep your child safe and do not try to put anything in their mouth. Try to roll them onto their side or roll their head to one side.
  • Take your child to their health-care provider after a febrile seizure. If the seizure lasts longer than three minutes, call an ambulance.
  • Treating your child's fever with medicine may improve their comfort but will not prevent febrile seizures.
Last updated: January 31st 2024