Harmless Fever Seizure

If you’ve ever witnessed your toddler having a seizure, you know how scary it can be. Febrile seizures, as they are called, are generally harmless, occurring in 2% - 5% of all children between 6 months and 5 years of age.

Usually happening in the first few hours of a fever as it’s rising, a seizure can last for about a minute or, more rarely, up to 15 minutes. During these seizures, a child is unresponsive, breathing is disturbed, and the skin may appear a little darker than usual. After the seizure, the child quickly returns to normal.

If your child has a seizure, place her on the floor away from hard or sharp objects, turn her head to the side, and do not put anything in her mouth. Don’t worry—she will not swallow her tongue.

If the seizure doesn’t stop after 5 minutes, all 911.

Let your child’s healthcare provider know about the seizure, but rest assured that this is usually outgrown and benign (harmless).

Learn more about febrile seizures here.

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