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  • The first seizure

  • Repetitive seizures

  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • I have a seizure that is not symmetric

  • Recently had a seizure

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Seizures when I wake up

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What is febrile seizure?

Febrile seizures are seizures that occur due to high fever caused by viral infections, and less commonly, bacterial infection. They usually occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 3 years. Febrile seizures most often occur within 24 hours of the onset of a fever and can be the first sign that a child is ill. Some children inherit a family's tendency to have seizures with a fever.

Symptoms of febrile seizure

  • Seizure

  • Family history of fits during fevers / febrile seizures

  • Fever

  • Seizure lasted longer than 5 minutes

  • History of previous seizures from fever / febrile convulsions

  • Seizures during a fever of at least 100.4°F / 38°C

  • Seizure with jerking movements

  • My brain is not functioning right now

Questions your doctor may ask to check for febrile seizure

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose febrile seizure

  • Have you had a seizure?

  • Any family history of febrile convulsions or seizures in childhood?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Did your seizure last longer than five minutes?

  • Have you ever had febrile convulsions?

Treatment for febrile seizure

Medication to stop the seizures is administered through the nose (as sprays), the rectum, or injected. These medications are typically used to treat seizures that last longer than five minutes or if the child has more than one seizure within 24 hours. Medication to reduce the fever and treat infection can also beprescribed.

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  • Seizure

  • Fever

  • Brain fog

References

  • Hashimoto R, Suto M, Tsuji M, Sasaki H, Takehara K, Ishiguro A, Kubota M. Use of antipyretics for preventing febrile seizure recurrence in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Pediatr. 2021 Apr;180(4):987-997. doi: 10.1007/s00431-020-03845-8. Epub 2020 Oct 30. PMID: 33125519.

    https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00431-020-03845-8

  • Smith DK, Sadler KP, Benedum M. Febrile Seizures: Risks, Evaluation, and Prognosis. Am Fam Physician. 2019 Apr 1;99(7):445-450. PMID: 30932454.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2019/0401/p445.html

  • Subcommittee on Febrile Seizures; American Academy of Pediatrics. Neurodiagnostic evaluation of the child with a simple febrile seizure. Pediatrics. 2011 Feb;127(2):389-94. doi: 10.1542/peds.2010-3318. PMID: 21285335.

    https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/127/2/389/65189/Febrile-Seizures-Guideline-for-the-Neurodiagnostic

  • Patterson JL, Carapetian SA, Hageman JR, Kelley KR. Febrile seizures. Pediatr Ann. 2013 Dec;42(12):249-54. doi: 10.3928/00904481-20131122-09. PMID: 24295158.

    https://journals.healio.com/doi/10.3928/00904481-20131122-09

  • Febrile Seizures - Mayo Clinic

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/febrile-seizure/symptoms-causes/syc-20372522

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Unnati Patel, MD, MSc

Unnati Patel, MD, MSc (Primary Care Physician)

Dr Patel graduated from the Zhejiang University School of Medicine. She worked in clinical research at the University of Illinois in Chicago and University of Nevada in Las Vegas focused on culturally adapted health interventions for preventive medicine in the community setting. Received her Master's of Science in Global Health (concentration in Health Policy) from Georgetown University, during which she worked with the WHO in Sierra Leone and Save the Children in Washington, D.C. Unnati went on to complete her family medicine residency in Chicago, Illinois at Norwegian American Hospital. | | She is currently working as a primary care physician in the city of Chicago and completing her Master's of Business Administration at the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management and Fellowship in Leadership in Value-Based Care.

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Yoshinori Abe, MD (Internal medicine)

Dr. Abe graduated from The University of Tokyo School of Medicine in 2015. He completed his residency at the Tokyo Metropolitan Health and Longevity Medical Center. He co-founded Ubie, Inc. in May 2017, where he currently serves as CEO & product owner at Ubie. Since December 2019, he has been a member of the Special Committee for Activation of Research in Emergency AI of the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine. | | Dr. Abe has been elected in the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia Healthcare & Science category.

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