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Febrile Seizures Treatment, Diagnosis, and Prevention

Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju
Medically reviewed by Sandeep Dhanyamraju

A frequent pediatric emergency in newborns and toddlers is febrile convulsions. There are approximately 2-5% of cases.

Even though febrile seizures are primarily benign and self-limiting, parents may find them unsettling. It is hardly unexpected given their potential to result in substantial morbidity and, in rare instances, even fatality. And happily, both adults and children can get treatment for febrile seizures.

Knowing more about febrile seizures will make it easier for you to treat your child if they experience one. The causes, symptoms, and treatment of febrile seizures will all be covered in this blog post. We’ll also look at management options for febrile seizures.

You can speak with a physician at Lone Star Neurology for further details. Patients with febrile seizures and other neurological problems receive thorough care from us.

 

How to Diagnosis a Febrile Seizure

The first step in diagnosing febrile seizures is to rule out any other probable causes of attacks. Children with febrile seizures often range in age from six months to five years (generally up to about three years). According to some research, boys are more prone than girls to have these seizures. Before beginning therapy, you should check with the doctor to see if your child is having a febrile seizure. It is unlikely to be a febrile seizure if your child suffers a seizure after age five.

How to diagnosis a febrile seizure

Here is an example list of symptoms to consider if you want to evaluate whether your child is experiencing a febrile seizure.

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) or higher.
  • Fever lasting less than 24 hours.
  • A seizure lasts less than 15 minutes.
  • Body stiffness or throwing movements.
  • Loss of consciousness or awareness during a seizure.
  • Unusual behaviour after a seizure, such as drowsiness or confusion.
  • In rare cases, nausea and vomiting may occur.

Most children with febrile seizures recover wholly and quickly without any lasting effects. But in any case, management of febrile seizures is necessary to avoid recurrence.

If your child has had a febrile seizure, your doctor will likely order tests to rule out other causes of the fever. These tests may include a complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, and chest X-ray. Sometimes, a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) may be needed to rule out meningitis.

If your child has a family history of seizures or neurological disease, there may be a higher chance of non-febrile seizures. Your child’s doctor will take a detailed medical history and do a physical exam to rule out other causes of seizures.

 

Febrile Seizure Treatment

Most febrile seizures are short-lived and do not need to be treated. The child typically sleeps briefly after having a seizure and bounces back fast. However, medical attention may be required if your kid experiences more than one seizure or the episode lasts more than 15 minutes.

If your kid experiences a febrile seizure, you ought to follow these steps:

Stay calm and reassure your child The child may panic and not understand what is happening to him. Therefore, it is essential that the parent is quiet and not panicked in the first place because then you will be able to calm the child.
Put the child on its side or its stomach This action is necessary because a person with a cramp may be unable to control their actions and may accidentally be spitting or vomiting.
Loosen any tight clothing During febrile cramps, it is essential to try to breathe with a full chest. Tight clothing should be fine with this process.
Do not try to stop the seizure by holding the child If you are too worried, it is best to call the hospital so that a doctor can treat febrile seizures.
Do not put anything in the child’s mouth If the person has something in their mouth during the seizure, they may choke.
Clear the area around the child of hard or sharp objects During a seizure, the child may accidentally bump.
Time of the seizure Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if it lasts more than five minutes.

When you Need to See a Doctor

In most cases, febrile seizures do not require medical treatment. However, if your child has a high fever and is less than 12 months old, or if the seizure lasts more than five minutes, you should take your child to the hospital for necessary management of febrile seizures.

Your child will be given oxygen and closely monitored. If the child has a fever, he will be treated with medication. The doctor will likely perform a physical exam and order tests, such as blood and urine tests, to rule out other causes of the fever if it occurs.

 

How to Prevent Febrile Seizures

How to prevent febrile seizures

Do you or your child have febrile seizures? Are you afraid they will recur and are looking for ways to prevent febrile seizures? Alas, there is no reliable way to prevent febrile seizures. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of having seizures. For example:

  • Make sure your child has all the necessary vaccinations. It will help reduce the risk of infections that can lead to fever and febrile seizures.
  • If your child has a family history of febrile seizures, be sure to tell your doctor. They can prescribe febrile seizure treatments that will help reduce their risk.
  • Do not give your child over-the-counter medication to reduce fever unless directed by a doctor. In some cases, this can increase the risk of seizures.
  • Monitor your child’s temperature regularly when they are sick. It will help you catch a fever early and treat it before it gets too high and leads to a seizure.

If your child has a febrile seizure, follow all the instructions given to you by the doctor. It will help ensure that your child gets the best possible care and treatment.

So as you can see, there is no need to worry if your child has a febrile seizure. In most cases, they are harmless and do not require any treatment. However, if your child has a high fever or the seizure lasts more than five minutes, you should take them to the hospital to manage febrile seizures. You can also do things to reduce your child’s risk of seizures. If you have any questions or concerns, speak with your doctor.

 

Bottom Line

Lone Star Neurology clinic offers management of febrile seizures for patients in Texas. Our expert team of neurologists is experienced in treating all types of febrile seizures, from simple to complex. We offer various treatment options, including medication, diet and lifestyle changes, and surgery. Contact us today to learn more about our febrile seizure management services.

 

FAQs 

  • Do febrile seizures cause permanent effects?

No, febrile seizures do not cause any permanent effects. In most cases, they are harmless and do not require any treatment. However, if your child has a high fever or the seizure lasts more than five minutes, you should take them to the hospital to manage febrile seizures.

  • What is the drug of choice for febrile seizures?

There is no one drug of choice for febrile seizures. The type of medication used will depend on the severity of the seizure and the child’s age and medical history. In most cases, anti-seizure medication is not necessary.

  • Can febrile seizures be avoided?

There is no reliable way to prevent febrile seizures. However, there are some things you can do to reduce your child’s risk of having seizures. For example:

Make sure your child has all the necessary vaccinations. It will help reduce the risk of infections that can lead to fever and febrile seizures.

  • At what temp do febrile seizures occur?

No one temperature will cause a febrile seizure. Seizures can occur when the body temperature rises or falls. A fever of 102 degrees Fahrenheit (39 degrees Celsius) or higher is more likely to cause a seizure.

  • How do you treat febrile seizures at home?

There is no specific treatment for febrile seizures at home. However, it is essential to keep the child safe during the seizure. Clear the area around the child of hard or sharp objects, and do not try to stop the seizure by holding the child. If the seizure lasts more than five minutes, call 911 or your local emergency number.

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Just such an amazing staff that makes you feel like part of their family. I’ve been going there for over 5 years now... and each visit I get the very best care and treatments that I have ever received in the 20+ years that I’ve been dealing with severe debilitating migraines. Since i started seeing them the number of my migraines has dropped from 15-20 a month to 2-3 every 3 month. I highly recommend them …they will change your life!read more
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22:20 19 May 22
Dr. Askari was very kind and explained everything so I could understand. The other staff were nice as well. I would... have gave 5 stars but I was a little taken aback when I checked in and had to pay 600.00 upfront. I think that should have been discussed in a appointment confirmation call or email just so I could have been prepared.read more
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I love the office staff they are friendly and very helpful. Dr. JODIE is very caring and understanding to your needs... and wants to help you. I will go back. would recommend Dr. Dr. Jodie to other Patients in a heart beat. The team works well together.read more
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19:40 02 Apr 22
I was obviously stressed, needing to see a neurologist. The staff was so patient and Dr. Ansari was so kind. At one... point he told me to relax, we have time, when I was relaying my history of my condition. That helped ease my stress. I have seen 3 other neurologists and he was the only one who performed any assessment tests on my cognitive and physical skills. At one point I couldn't complete two assessments and got upset and cried. I was told, it's OK. That's why you're here. I was truly impressed, and super pleased with the whole experience!read more
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15:05 01 Apr 22
I've been coming here for about 5 years. The staff are ALWAYS friendly and knowledgeable. The Doctors are the absolute... best!! Jodie Moore is always in such a great mood which is a plus when you are already stressed. Highly recommendedread more
Monica Del Bosque
Monica Del Bosque
14:13 25 Mar 22
Since my first post my thoughts have changed here. It's unfortunate. My doctor and PA were great, but the office staff... is horrible. They never call you back when they say they will, they misinform you, they cause you too much stress wondering what's going on, they don't keep you posted. They never answer the phone. At this point I've left four messages in the last week, and I have sent three messages. Twice from their portal and one direct email. No response. My appointment is on Monday morning at 8:30am, no confirmation on my insurance and what's going on. What the heck is going on, this is ridiculous!I've given up... the stress her office staff has put me through is just not worth it. You can do so much better, please clean house, either change out your office staff, or find a way for them to be more efficient please. You have to do something. This is not how you want to run your practice. It leaves a very bad impression on your business.read more
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23:32 23 Mar 22
I was actually pleasantly surprised with this visit! It took me a long time to get the appointment scheduled because no... one answers your phones EVER! After a month, I finally got in, and your staff was warm, friendly, and I was totally impressed! I feel like you will take care of my needs!read more
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16:10 10 Feb 22
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The professionalism and want to help attitude of this office was present from the moment I contacted them. The follow... up and follow through as well as their willingness to find a way to schedule my dad was above and beyond. We visited two offices in the same day with the same experience. I am appreciative of this—we spend a lot of time with doctors and this was top notch start to finish.read more
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16:38 16 Apr 21
I love going to this office. The staff is friendly and helpful. The doctor is great. I am getting the best... neurological tests and treatment I have ever had. The only reason I did not give them a 5 star rating is because it is impossible to reach a live person at the office to reschedule appointments. Every time I have tried to get through to the office it says all people are busy and I am sent to a voicemail. If they could get their phone answering fixed, I would give them a strong 5 stars.read more
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00:26 25 Feb 21
Dr. Harney is an excellent Dr. I found him friendly , personable and thorough. I evidently am an unusual case. ... Therefore he spent a Hugh amount of time educating me. He even gave me literature to further explain my condition and how to follow up. This is something you rarely get from your doctors. So I am more than please with my doctor and his staff.read more
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Always courteous, professional. The staff is very friendly and always work with you to find the best appointment time.... The care team has been great. Always taking the time to listen to your concerns and to find the best treatment.read more
Margaret Rowland
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01:12 27 Jan 21
I have been a patient at Lone Star Neurology for several years. Now both my adult daughters also are patients there. I... love Jodie. She is always so prompt whether it is a teleamed call are a visit in the office. She takes the time to explain everything to me and answers all my questions. I am so blessed to have Jodie as my doctor.read more
Susan Miller
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03:01 13 Jan 21
My husband had an accident 5 years ago and Lone Star Neurology has been such a blessing to us with my husbands care.... Jodie Moore is his provider and she is amazing! Jodie is very knowledgeable, caring, and thorough. She takes her time with you, making sure your needs are met and she is happy to answer any questions you may have. Lone Star Neurology’s patients are very lucky to have Jodie providing their care. Thank you Lone Star Neurology and especially Jodie for everything you have done for us. Jodie, you are the best!read more
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01:32 09 Jan 21
Jodie is wonderful. She is very caring and knowledgeable. I have been to over a dozen neurologists, and none were able... to help me as much as they have here. Thanks!read more
Katie Kordel
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00:40 09 Jan 21
Jodi Moore, nurse practitioner, is amazing. I have suffered from frequent, debilitating headaches for almost 20 years.... She has provided the best proactive and responsive care I have ever received. My quality of life has been greatly improved by her caring approach and tenacity in finding solutions.read more
Ellie Natsis
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15:41 07 Jan 21
I have had the best experience at this neurologist's office! For over a year I have been receiving iv treatments here... each month and my nurse, Bobbie is beyond wonderful!! She's so attentive, knowledgeable, caring, and detail oriented. She makes an otherwise uncomfortable experience much more pleasant and definitely puts me at ease! She also helps me with my insurance,ordering this specialty medication and dealing with the ordering process which is no easy feat.Needless to say, she goes above a beyond in every way and I'm so grateful to this office and to Bobbie for all they do for me!read more
Matt Morris
Matt Morris
15:39 07 Jan 21
Let me start by saying that I have been coming here for years. Due to my autoimmune disease, I am in this office... once every three weeks for multiple hours at a time. The office is very clean and the staff very friendly. My only complaint would be there communication via phone. They aren't the best at responding if you leave a voicemail and expect a call back. I understand that this is prob just due to the sheer number of alls they receive daily. What I can say I like the best about the office are the people. Bobby who handles my infusions is great. I never have any issues with her setting up my infusions. She is very quick to reply to messages sent via text and if she were to leave then my whole opinion of the office may change. I also enjoy people like Matt, Lauren, and Jodi. I appreciate all that they do for me and without this team I'm not sure I would be as happy as I am to visit the office as frequently as I have to. Please ensure that these folks are recognized as they are what makes my visit to this office so tolerable :).read more
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