A seizure which occurs in a child with a fever over 39°C (102.2°F). These most
typically occur during the early stages of a viral infection, while the
temperature is rapidly rising.
The convulsions occur because the electrical systems in the brain have not yet
matured sufficiently to cope with the stress of a high temperature, and usually
last up to 5 minutes.
- Loss of consciousness
- Cessation of breathing for up to 30 seconds
- Loss of control of the bladder or bowel
- Spasms of both limbs or the face muscles
- Eyes roll upwards
- Place in the recovery position
- Cool the patient
- Give Paracetamol or Ibuprofen
After effects:Following the seizure, the child
falls into a deep sleep, and may be confused or irritable on awakening.
Contribution from Carlton Wade (O.D.P.)