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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is a febrile convulsion a type of epilepsy?

    My son who is 18 months old has been having febrile convulsions since he was a few months old. Is a febrile convulsion in children a type of epilepsy?
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  • sharron

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    hi, hope this helps, febrile convulsions are usually caused because of a high fever, but 1 in 30 people suffer from febrile convulsions usually children. The same look of a epileptic fit, (muscle tighten, frothing mouth, bowel or bladder movement, and lips turn blue stop breathing.).
     epilepsy in some cases can cause slight to severve brain trauma febrial convulsions dont…, epilepsy and febrile convulsions are usually not linked
    it is very upsetting for parents to see their child go through a sizure, but trust me, your son doesnt feel anything while hes having it, he just wakes up very tired, like hes run a 10 km race…..
    just remeber the golden rule…… not put anything in mouth while little is having siezure….. 
    hope i helped you….other than that,

    i have been fit free for 14 yrs now….

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    No. Febrile convulsions are seizures that are direct result of a sudden rise in body temperature. They occur in babies, toddlers and children from about 6 months to 6 years of age. This happens because the developing brain of a toddler or child is more sensitive to fever than an adult brain.
    The chance of having another febrile convulsion in the following year is 30%, but this means that 70% (or 7 out of 10 children) will not have another seizure. The risk of a second seizure reduces every year and it becomes extremely rare after children turn 6 years old.
    The outlook for a child with simple febrile convulsions is excellent. There is no evidence of “brain damage” in these children. Your child is at only a very small risk of developing epilepsy in the future if they had a simple febrile convulsion.

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