A febrile seizure is a fit or convulsion caused by a sudden change in your childs body temperature, and is usually associated with a fever (see our fact sheet Fever in children). Febrile seizures may be alarming and upsetting to witness, but they are not harmful to your child.
Who is a febrile seizure associated with?
Febrile seizures are convulsions related to a fever or sudden change in body temperature. This is a childhood condition, usually impacting children ages 6 months to 5 years. These seizures usually happen within the first day of a fever and last about 3 to 5 minutes.
What is the most common cause of febrile convulsion?
Causes of febrile seizures In most cases, the childs high temperature is caused by an infection. Common examples are chickenpox, flu, a middle ear infection or tonsillitis. In very rare cases, febrile seizures can happen after a child has a vaccination.
Are fevers common with seizures?
Febrile seizures are seizures or convulsions that occur in young children and are triggered by fever. The fever may accompany common childhood illnesses such as a cold, the flu, or an ear infection. In some cases, a child may not have a fever at the time of the seizure but will develop one a few hours later.
What does febrile seizure look like?
A febrile seizure usually happens during the first few hours of a fever. The child may look strange for a few moments, then stiffen, twitch, and roll his eyes. He will be unresponsive for a short time, his breathing will be disturbed, and his skin may appear a little darker than usual.