Febrile seizures or episodic fits may occur when a young child has a high fever.
Febrile seizures or fits normally occur in children between 6 months to 6 years old. An episode may occur when a child has a high fever, especially when there is a quick spike in temperature. During a febrile seizure, jerking of limbs may be observed, along with up rolling of eyes and/or clenching of teeth. The child may also have a lack of voluntary control over his or her urination or bowel movements. A seizure episode usually lasts only for a few minutes, but some may last for up to 15 minutes. After a fit episode, the child will usually feel sleepy or lethargic.
What do I Do when My Child has a Fit?
Most importantly, do not panic if your child has a fit
Do not place any objects (e.g. metal spoon, fingers) into the child’s mouth as this may cause unnecessary harm to your child
Do not attempt to feed your child any oral medication during a fit
Turn your child on their side to prevent him or her from choking
Ensure there are no hard or sharp objects in the way as this may hurt your child during a fit
Bring down your child’s temperature by sponging or administering medication through the rectum (or as prescribed by your doctor)
Always bring your child to the doctor for a consult to ensure no other complications develop
How do I Prevent Another Fit?
If your child is running a fever, monitor their temperature closely (every 2 to 4 hours), serve their medication regularly and sponge them to keep the temperature below 38.5 degrees Celsius. If your child has had 2 to 3 previous episodes of seizures, your doctor may prescribe a rectal medication as a standby.
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