What is a febrile convulsion? Symptoms and What to do ?

What is the febrile convulsion seen in children aged 6 months to 5 years but most often in babies aged 12 to 18 months? You can find what you need to know febrile convulsion symptoms and what to do …

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Febrile convulsion can be defined as sudden, uncontrollable body movements and loss of consciousness caused by rapidly rising fever. The body temperature that children have the most referrals usually starts from 39.4 degrees when measured from the armpits. In a child with febrile convulsions, the eyes turn inward, the body stiffens, the arms and legs make involuntary movements or contract. The seizure, which takes place between 1 minute and 5 minutes, is dangerous when it exceeds this period.

However, studies have revealed that febrile convulsion has no permanent effects. Neurological and mental disorders were not encountered in the future in children with febrile convulsions. However, there is also information that it increases the risk of epilepsy, in other words epilepsy, in the future, especially if there is a person with febrile seizure or epilepsy.

Those who had a febrile convulsion as babies were more likely to have a new seizure than children who did not. This probability is up to 30-40 percent. On the other hand, 80 percent of children who have a seizure do not experience a second seizure. The likelihood of a second seizure is increased in children who have a seizure longer than 15 minutes, who have a seizure at the onset of fever, and who do not have fever during the seizure.

What is a febrile convulsion?

Febrile convulsions are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children and are triggered by fever. Young children, about 6 months to 5 years old, are most likely to have febrile seizures; this risk peaks in the second year of life.

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Although it is not known why the febrile convulsion is known, studies show that they are connected to some viruses and it is defined as the way the child’s developing brain reacts to high fevers.

Febrile convulsion Symptoms

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  • High fever
  • Loss of consciousness
  • The inability of the body to move
  • Contractions
  • cross-eye
  • Paleness
  • Fainting after the seizure
  • Crying or moaning
  • Vomiting

Things to do at febrile convulsion

It is important that parents and caregivers stay calm, take first aid measures and carefully observe the child. If a child has a febrile seizure, parents and caregivers should do the following:

  • First, it is wrapped in a wet towel or sheet.
  • If the fire does not fall with this method, it is put in a bath at room temperature.
  • A doctor should be contacted immediately.
  • If there is moodiness, insomnia, loss of appetite, difficulty in breathing and severe headache, medical help should be sought again.

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