Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Ntombi | 2011/07/13


Febrile Convulsions

My 2 year old son suffers from febrile convulsions, it happens every 6 months. He has been hospitalised twice for this but it keeps coming back every 6 months, the minute his temperature goes up, he then starts fiting and his body becomes limp.

I was told by his paed that it will last until he is about 5 years old.

How dangerous are these convulsions? and are they causing any harm in his body? What can i do to prevent them from happening again?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



Febrile convulsions are very common in young children. Most children outgrow this problem by the age of 3 years. It is important to treat your son's fever actively the minute he starts showing signs of having a raised temperature. Give Panado syrup first and if necessary sponge him down using water that is luke warm. This is usually very effective in helping to lower his fever.Read more about how to sponge your son when he has a fever on Google.

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