Pediatrics

What is febrile convulsions in children? Their health effects?

Febrile convulsions are a phenomenon that occurs in some children during fever. Most often they are in children aged 6 months to 5 years. It is quite a scary sight for parents, but doctors say that these seizures are not dangerous for health and do not cause brain damage.

Why are febrile convulsions?

Febrile convulsions can last from a few seconds to 10 or even 15 minutes. They can be as minor zakochany eyes or wringing of hands, and a full body convulsions with loss of consciousness.

What can cause febrile convulsions? Any illness that causes high fever. It can be SARS, influenza, otitis media, bronchitis and the like. In addition, the doctors found a pattern: febrile convulsions rarely occur on the background of pneumonia, kidney infection, meningitis, that should reassure parents.

No one probably can’t say why some children suffer from this phenomenon on the background of fever. To find out whether a child suffering febrile seizures, also, modern medicine can not. Most often they occur in the first days after the beginning of raising temperature. Arise on the background of a very high temperature, usually above 39°C, although there are exceptions.

What to do if your child has febrile convulsions?

Although doctors argue that febrile convulsions are not dangerous, parents are usually very scary to watch them. And touch the child at this time is not necessary, all you need to do is to remove from her dangerous items that can cause harm if they accidentally hook (stabbing, cutting, etc.). Next you need to wait out the attack, and then to go to the doctor for information.

It should also be understood that in no case should one try to give the child medication during an attack, it can lead to fatal consequences. In the mouth of the baby should be empty.

For emergency medical care must be treated if:

  • Febrile convulsions do not end in 10 minutes.
  • Child has trouble breathing, her skin takes on a blue or gray tint.
  • Toddler unresponsive after the attack.
  • The child has vomiting and signs of dehydration.

Today there is no effective way to prevent febrile seizures. There is an opinion that if to avoid very high temperature in a child (above 39°C) with antipyretics, the convulsions will not occur. But not all children, they are a sign of very high temperature. Besides, it can rise so rapidly that quick to knock it just is neither the time nor the opportunity.

Usually febrile convulsions are past, when the child is 5-6 years.

Is there a relationship between febrile convulsion and epilepsy?

Doctors say that there is no connection between epilepsy and febrile seizures does not exist. Indeed, the cause of febrile convulsions in a high temperature, and epilepsy – problems with brain function. Moreover, the latter causes convulsions without fever.

Febrile convulsions are very scary phenomenon for parents, but it is not from a medical point of view. It is only the individual response of the child’s body to high temperature body. They need to grow, adults have these cramps do not occur. Everything you need to know parents – how to help and not to hurt the child in case of an attack of febrile convulsions.

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