Febrile seizures are something I like to cover as I think they are not discussed enough and can be very scary for parents / carers to witness. I have taught a number of parents that aren’t aware of them and as they are very common I think it is so important to know how to deal with them.
Febrile seizures are convulsions that can happen when a young child has a temperature of more than 38 degrees. They can happen at the beginning, during or after an illness and normally occur between the ages of 6 months to 5 years old.
They happen to approximately 1:20 children and they are usually harmless.
Signs and symptoms:
Arching of the back
Stiff arms and legs, may start jerking
Foaming at the mouth, may be blood stained if they have bite the side of their mouth or tongue
Blue tinge to lips
Ensure your child is in a safe place and move any toys or furniture out of their way.
Call 999 and if you can time the seizure.
Do Not put anything in their mouth!
While on the phone to the operator, start opening up windows/ doors to start cooling down the
Stay with the child and wait for the seizure to finish.
Once finished we want to cool the child down slowly by striping them down to their nappy/ underwear.
Place them in the recovery position, monitor and wait for the paramedics to arrive.