What happens when fever leads to fits

Kids are very sensitive to the cold and hot weather. They should be protected from extreme cold and hot season.

Sometimes the fever leads to fits..
Sometime your toddler or baby is whiny and sweaty with a high fever, the next thing his eyes roll back and he is twitching or shaking.

What you are watching or experience (probably in horror) is a febrile convulsion.

They most commonly occur between the ages of 18 months to 3 years, especially if they have a high fever and a viral infection. The high fever leads to fits sometime and it should not be ignored. Rush to the hospital immediately.

Febrile convulsions are rare in babies under six months old and over the age of six years.

No treatment is usually needed for the convulsion itself, if it stops within a few minutes. If it does not stop and comes again after another don’t wait for a second.. just rush to the nearest peadratic hospital..

A febrile convulsion is not the same as an epileptic seizure, although people commonly refer to both as “fits”.

When fits occurs..

  • Your baby or toddler will start shaking and may look flushed, dazed and then become unconscious.
  • His eyes may appear to roll backwards.
  • Parts of the body may twitch or shake.
  • Your baby or toddler may be sleepy or gets unconscious for some time afterwards.

What to do?

  • Lay your child on his side with his head level or slightly lower than the body (the recovery position).
  • Do not put anything into the mouth, but remove anything that could affect breathing, such as vomit or food.
  • Do not shake your child.

When the convulsion stops, try to lower your child’s temperature to make him feel more comfortable. Give paracetamol and bath him with lukewarm (not cold) water. Do not bath him during the convulsion.

When you should call the doctor?

  • If your child does not show any improvement quickly, once a short convulsion/fits is over.
  • A convulsion doesn’t stop within 5 minutes
  • Another convulsion starts soon after the first one stops.
  • Your child has difficulty in breathing.

It’s alright to be on high alert following your little one’s convulsion. If your child has quite a lengthy convulsion, they may be admitted to hospital for observation, but if it was the first convulsion experienced, going back to your usual routine shouldn’t be a problem.

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