Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lindsay | 2008/10/23


Febrile Seizures

My grandaughter born 18/04/2006 has today suffered from the 3rd febrile convulsion due to a temperature that spikes very quickly. There is a history on the paternal side. My daughters 2nd baby due 03/02/2009. This litttle is being admitted to hospital now and I cannot get to my daughter. Please help me understand what all this implies as best you can.


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Febrile seizures are fits that occur in some infants and young children when their temperature is very high, usually around 39 to 40 degrees. This is usually caused by upper respiratory infections particularly ear infections. Children usually outgrow this problem by the age of 3 years or so. At the first sign of a fever it is important to give Panado and not to dress the baby too warmly. It often helps to sponge the baby down with water.

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Posted by: Audrey | 2008/11/05

My daughter had her first febrile convulsion at 9months, we also noticed after that, that she would tilt her head back and stare at the ceiling for a few seconds at a time, these are called ' absences' , it was a scary time, she has continued to get febrile convulsions whenever she has a fever that spikes too quickly, and we' ve been unable to control it, after seeing a neurologist she was put on Lamictin, she has had no more ' absences'  and now that we are aware and on high alert for fevers, I know how to treat them, her last fever convulsion was 23months ago, she is now 6yrs old, and her neurologist says that hopefully, she' ll outgrow them by the age of 8yrs. Good Luck, it' s not a pleasant thing to watch your child/grandchild go through.

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Posted by: BMJ | 2008/10/24

Linsay - you will have to send a new post for your question on the paed' s response - he does not check posts he has already answered.

Hope your grandaughter gets better soon. :)


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Posted by: Lindsay | 2008/10/24

Thank you. I undertand these bits. This morning with a drip overnight, the temp was 39.1. Further bloods been done. White cell count high = infection but they do not know where. There is also some blood in her urine?

What ball park % of children outgrow by age 3?

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