Causes Of Febrile Seizures In Toddlers & Their Remedies

Febrile seizure refers to a convulsion in the body of a child caused by a fever. Typically, the child's body twitches for a few seconds to a few minutes during the seizure. In a few cases, the child may lose consciousness during the convulsion.

In a few serious cases, the child may also vomit, become breathless and lose bladder control. Usually, children below the age of 5 years suffer from this problem. Though the seizure lasts only for a few minutes, it can be quite distressing for parents to see their child suffer from it.

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The convulsion does not necessarily occur when the body temperature is at its peak; in most cases the seizure occurs in the first day of the fever itself and in a few others also while the fever is declining.

Reasons for Febrile Seizures in Toddlers

The reason behind febrile seizures in toddlers is the inflammation of the lymph nodes in the neck caused by a viral infection and, less commonly, the irregular activity of the brain cells resulting in abnormal nervous impulses sent to the spinal cord. It has been observed that toddlers suffer from this problem after immunization with DTP or MMR vaccination. Toddler febrile seizures are also believed to be partly hereditary in nature. It is advisable that you consult a doctor if your child has suffered from a seizure. You must call for an ambulance if the seizure lasts for more than 10 minutes. Chances of recurrence of the seizure are high if the child has suffers from it the first time while s/he has a mild fever, if the duration of the seizure is short or if there is a family history of such cases. In most cases, febrile seizures do not cause any lasting damage to the brain or the spinal cord and are not the sign of epilepsy.

However, only a doctor can diagnose the exact reason behind the problem.

Remedies for Febrile Seizures in Toddlers

There are a few measures that you should take to comfort your child when s/he has such a seizure. Lay your child on the floor on one side of his/her body. Loosen his/her clothing in order to facilitate easier breathing. It is best not to panic or to attempt to hold the child tight to prevent the convulsive body movements. Under no circumstances should you try to put anything into the child's mouth even you see him/her salivating or throwing up. In addition, keep a tab on how long the seizure lasts.

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