Any info on febrile seizures?

Erica - posted on 01/02/2012 ( 6 moms have responded )




My son has had three febrile seizures that I know about. His most recent was about a month ago. He had two in one night last time. Since his seizure has is jumping constantly in his sleep. Is this normal? I am even more uneasy as of last night. He had what appeared to be mini seizures. They only lasted a few seconds at a time. He had NO fever during them. Has this happened to anyone else?


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Ruthie - posted on 01/03/2012




Most febrile seizures occur in the first 24 hours of an illness, and not necessarily when the fever is the highest. The seizure is often the first sign of a fever or illness. Febrile seizures may begin with the sudden contraction of muscles on both sides of the child's body--usually the muscles of the face, trunk, arms and legs. A child is likely to have more than one febrile seizure: 1. If there's a family history of febrile seizures., 2. The first seizure happened before age 12 months., 3. The seizure occurred with a fever below 102 degrees fahrenheit.

As you know, Erica, when in doubt it's best to seek a professionals opinion.

Ez - posted on 01/03/2012




My daughter has had them. She has always been very prone to high fevers. And as someone else said, it is not so much how high the temp goes, but how quickly it rises. They are scary as hell (and in my daughter's case was indicative of a nasty infection that required IV antibiotics) but quite common. I was told about 1 in 20 kids under 5 will have one.

In saying that, if there is no fever present, it isn't a febrile seizure. Your son needs to see a neurologist to find out if what you are witnessing are, in fact, seizures, and what is causing them.

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My son had several between 9-13 months. He grew out of them. Just monitor him. Alternate (with doc's ok) motrin & tylenol to keep the fiver from spking too high. Get him checked out to make sure any underlying bacteria infections (if any) are ruled out.

It's utterly terrifying and the day my son had his first one still counts as one of the scariest moments in my life (he's 15 now). I would definitely try to find a neurologist to just give him a once-over.

Jennifer - posted on 01/03/2012




Get him into the Neurologist immediately. It is not unusual for young children to have seizures but then grow out them but Lisa was correct when she said they normally correlate with a fast rising tempertature.

Lisa - posted on 01/03/2012




Febrile seizures happen when the temp rises quickly. if your child was sick with a lot of vomiting/diarrhea it could be that his electrolytes are off. I would definitly talk to your dr especially since the last ones did not happen with a fever.

Kate CP - posted on 01/02/2012




I think you should speak to a neurologist about this. It's pretty serious stuff. :/

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