Awareness of Febrile Seizures

Posted On Nov 30, 2022

Dr. N Varsha Monica Reddy

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist and Developmental Paediatrician

Manipal Hospital-Yeshwantpur

Febrile Seizures treatment in Yeshwanthpur

All febrile illnesses do not result in seizures. A febrile seizure does not just happen randomly; it is a fit that happens in children between the ages of six months to six years when they have a high temperature. The majority of the time, it is a simple sort of convulsion that is extremely short in duration. It does not harm the nervous system and does not lead a child to develop epilepsy in the future. If a seizure recurs over the next six years with multiple episodes, it is thought that there may be a family history involved in such cases. Though seizures are considered a normal concern and do not correlate with other health issues, therefore, the parents shouldn't think otherwise.

Seizure is not a matter of concern unless it happens in a certain pattern, such as more than once in a day or at different times, after the first day of fever rather than on the first day, if it lasts longer than 2 to 3 minutes, and if the child is noticeably inactive after the episode. Usually, the child recovers and returns to normalcy within a short period of time. As long as it occurs once or twice a year, it is considered normal for this age group. When it occurs four times in a year or three times in six months, it is recommended to consult an expert. Visit at the best hospital to get febrile seizures treatment in Yeshwanthpur.

Causes of Seizures

A fever and a seizure are two different issues that occur for different reasons. There are a lot of things that could be causing these problems in children. The most common reason for a seizure to occur is an immature brain. When the temperature increases, it initiates abnormal electrical signals in the brain, which collide with the normal brain signals and lead to a seizure. The lower the age, the more frequently the seizure threshold decreases in this age group because this is an age-dependent problem.

The brain contains certain channels that are temperature-sensitive; as soon as the temperature rises, these channels begin to open, leading to aberrant brain activity. However, due to any flu, including the H1N1 or influenza virus, it has increasingly been observed to happen. There are reports that these can also result in seizures without causing any additional harm. Additionally, they may experience seizures or develop a tendency to experience them after receiving a routine immunization (vaccination). Additionally, genetics contributes to the likelihood of the occurrence of seizures as well.

Measures Needed to Be Followed

Further seizures cannot be prevented immediately unless there is a compelling cause for that. Controlling the rising fever is the primary strategy for stopping it. The likelihood of having a seizure increases as the temperature rises. Therefore, there is a greater risk or likelihood of having a seizure when the fever is high, such as 101 or 102. However, if the youngster is experiencing seizures just at temperatures above 100 degrees and at low temperatures as well, this may be cause for concern and require professional advice. When the fever is high, the parents must promptly sponge the child and give paracetamol accordingly to lower the temperature. Consult with the best paediatric neurologist in Yeshwanthpur to get treated well.

There are some facts to keep in mind when a child is suffering from a seizure,

  • In such cases, the main thing is first aid. During a fit, parents need to place the child in a left-side position on the lateral side of the body and wait for it to stop.

  • Do not put keys or any sharp object in the hand or around the children, and do not try to move the child during this episode.

  • Immediately take the child to the nearest emergency room to make sure everything is normal.

  • At home, there is no need to do anything. Unless it is taking more than 2 to 3 minutes to stop.

Dr. N Varsha Monica Reddy

Consultant - Paediatric Neurologist And Developmental Paediatrician

Manipal Hospitals, Yeshwanthpur

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