Childhood Diseases

Posted by: MB | 2012/07/25


Fever Convulsion

Hi Doc, My 20 month old boy had a 2/3 minute convulsion due to tonsilitus and after he was discharged from hospital by our Paediatrician after 1 night is up and running again as per usual.

As I understand it it''s the area in the brain (hypothalmus - regulates body tempreture) that''s not ''mature'' enough to handle this sudden spike in tempreture (pls correct me if I''m wrong) ... but what goes wrong in the brain so that signals cant be send to cool down again ?

Expert's Reply



Fever convulsions are not uncommon in children under 3 years of age. You have all the information on the reasons why this is likely to occur. The likelihood for these convulsions to disappear in susceptible children only comes about when the child's temperature regulating mechanism becomes more mature.These convulsions usually only happen when the child's temperature reaches 39 or 40 degrees C.

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