Febrile seizures can be incredibly frightening for a parent to witness. However, they are common in babies and children and often not serious. Cornwall Resus offer some expert advice and talk you through some first aid tips.
What is a Febrile seizure? A febrile seizure (also sometimes called a febrile convulsion) is a fit that can happen when a child has a fever. Around one in 20 children will have at least one febrile seizure at some point. They most often occur between the ages of 6 months – 3 years. Almost all children make a complete recovery after having a febrile seizure.
Febrile seizures usually last for a few minutes. Signs of a febrile seizure can be arched back, clenched fists a stiff body and your baby or child is usually hot to touch. FIRST AID STEPS…
- Protect your baby/child from injury by moving any objects they may hurt themselves on.
- Try and cool them down, remove any excess clothing or open a window if the room is hot.
- If you are able to place them on their side then do so, if the seizure is preventing you from doing this then do it as soon as they have stopped.
- If this is your baby/child’s first febrile seizure, or it lasts more than 5 minutes take them to your nearest hospital or call 999 for an ambulance. It is unlikely to be anything serious but it is best to check.
- If they have had febrile seizures before and this seizure has lasted less than 5 minutes then call your GP or 111 for advice.
- Always stay with your baby/child and never attempt to put anything in their mouth.