Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Seizure due to Fever Home Care

First aid for a febrile seizure:

  • Lay the child down on his or her left side.
  • Keep the airway clear of vomit.
  • Do not force anything into the child's mouth.
  • Remove the clothing to keep child cool.
  • Call 911.

Home care for a febrile seizure includes:

Seizure due to Fever Fever Medications

Common medications used for fever in children that have febrile seizures include:

  • Acetaminophen decreases fever and pain, but does not help inflammation.
  • Dosing is 10-15 mg per kilogram (5-7 mg per pound) of body weight every 4-6 hours, up to the adult dose.
  • Do not exceed the maximum daily dose.
  • Acetaminophen products come in various strengths. Always follow the package instructions.
  • Avoid this drug in children with liver disease or an allergy to acetaminophen.
  • Common acetaminophen products include Tylenol, Panadol and many others.


Seizure due to Fever Warning Signs

Notify your doctor if your child has febrile seizures and any of the following:

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Last Updated: Feb 23, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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