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First aid for babies and children:
febrile seizure

Watch this video in which a baby is treated for a febrile seizure, and remind yourself of the key steps below.

 

Febrile seizures are caused by a fever or high temperature.

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The baby or child may arch their back, stiffen their body and have clenched fists. They look red-faced, are hot to touch and sweating.

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Their eyes may roll upwards and they may hold their breath.

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Protect the baby or child from injury. Do not restrain them.

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Remove objects that may injure the baby or child while they are having the seizure. Use a blanket or clothing to protect their head from injury.

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Remove outer clothing to help cool them.

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Febrile seizures are caused by a raised temperature so it is important to cool the baby or child. If the room they are in is hot, ensure there is a flow of fresh air (e.g. open a window).

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When the seizure is over, help the baby or child to rest on their side with their head tilted back. If the symptoms continue or it is their first seizure, seek medical advice.

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Helping them to lie on their side with their head back will help them to keep breathing.

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