Fever In Children – Pediatric and Urgent Care near Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA
When a child has a seizure with a high fever, it’s called a febrile (fever) seizure. When a febrile seizure does happen, it most often occurs in babies and children ages 6 months to 5 years. As scary as the experience can be for a parent and child, febrile seizures are not serious, and while they are more likely to recur in a child who has had one, they will completely stop by about age 5 most of the time. In the vast majority of cases, no lasting damage is done by these seizures. If you need Pediatric and Urgent Care near Sherman Oaks, MVP Pediatric and Urgent care can help you.
What should you do if your child is having a febrile seizure? During a seizure, you should place your child gently on their side on a flat surface. Seizure precautions also include ensuring they have nothing in their mouth to prevent choking. The first time your child has a seizure, they should be brought in to a doctor to verify the cause of the fever. This is to ensure there is no underlying serious disease such as meningitis. Once a child has had one febrile seizure, they have a 40% chance of having another.
Anti-seizure medication is available, but for most kids who have had febrile seizures, the risks of this medicine outweigh the benefits. Using fever-reducing medication when your child’s temperature begins to rise, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, is often recommended, but this is more for your child’s comfort, as there is no proof that taking these medications will eliminate the risk of febrile seizure.
If you’re in the LA area and suspect your child has had a febrile (fever) seizure, you can bring them in to our facilities at MVP Pediatric and Urgent Care near Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA, where we can evaluate and assess your child.