Childhood illnesses

What to do if your child has a febrile seizure


How many interesting talks come out of school about viruses and common diseases of our children! Some already known and others absolutely unexpected. A mother told me about her horrible experience when her three-year-old son, due to a fever from a common cold, suffered seizures.

My children have never experienced a seizure, but I can perfectly imagine the anguish these parents must have felt at such alarming symptoms.

He explained to me that the first thing that occurred to him was to grab him tightly and put him in the bathtub to pour cold water on him, then they told him at the hospital that this should not be done. 'I didn't know, it was my first impulse,' he told me. It's hard to think when you see your little one in a situation like this, she just knew she had to lower her little one's fever! Having the appropriate information will help us know how to act in these cases and make the right decisions.

Febrile seizures can occur with any viral infection that appears with fever and occurs more frequently in children under 5 years of age (there is usually some individual predisposition). Despite the fact that the appearance of fever is a defense of the body to better fight diseases, in the case of children who suffer from them, it must be kept under control so that these unpleasant episodes do not arise. Loss of consciousness, rolled eyes, muscle contractions ..., despite its alarming appearance, the febrile seizure is not serious.

In the event that it occurs, we must remain calm and follow the following recommendations, aimed at preventing the child from being injured:

- Lay your child on his back on the floor or on a bed, and keep him away from places or objects, with which he can hit himself.

- Keeping him lying on his back, turn his head to the side to allow saliva or vomit, if applicable, to escape from his mouth and not obstruct his airway.

- Do not put any object in his mouth or try to immobilize him, although grab him so that he does not damage himself.

- As soon as it remits (it does not usually last more than 10 minutes, you should go to the hospital emergency room for evaluation and inform the child's pediatrician in the usual consultation.

- We must try to lower the child's fever through medications or physical means such as removing clothes if it is hot, warm cloths on the head, groin, armpits or baths with warm water. The part of the brain that controls body temperature is not fully developed in children and therefore their temperature can rise or fall very quickly.

Patro Gabaldon. Editor of our site

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