High Temperature Seizure Overview
Another name for High Temperature Seizure is Febrile Seizure.
What is a febrile seizure?
A person with a seizure has a sudden increase in electrical activity in the brain. A child with a febrile seizure has a seizure that occurs during a fever. Febrile seizures resolve quickly and do not damage the brain. The cause of febrile seizure is not known. Febrile seizures occur in children between 2 months and 5 years old.
What are the symptoms of a febrile seizure?
Symptoms of a febrile seizure include sudden stiffness of the arms, legs and back, difficulty breathing, teeth clenching, eyes rolls back, bladder incontinence, and unconsciousness. Symptoms that may occur after a febrile seizure include lethargy, confusion, and excessive sleepiness.
How does the doctor treat a febrile seizure?
Treatment for a febrile seizure includes acetaminophen or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for fever control. Some may require treatment with an anticonvulsant such as diazepam.
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