12 months COP­ING WITH FEVERS

What you need to know when baby’s tem­per­a­ture soars FEBRILE CONVULSIONS func­tion­ing and they may not dis­play symp­toms the way an older child would. Even if they have only a light fever they may be very sick,” she ex­plains, adding that par­ents should al­way

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A febrile con­vul­sion – also called a fever con­vul­sion – is when a child has a fit or seizure as a re­sult of a fever. “It is caused by a quick change in body tem­per­a­ture, jump­ing sud­denly from low to very high,” ex­plains pae­di­a­tri­cian Dr Han­neke Heyns, who adds that febrile convulsions usu­ally af­fect chil­dren be­tween the ages of six months and six years. Al­though febrile convulsions can be ter­ri­fy­ing for par­ents, Dr Heyns says they can hap­pen any time in any ill­ness caus­ing a fever, even mild vi­ral ill­nesses. “It is not a sign of un­der­ly­ing pathol­ogy, like epilepsy or brain tu­mours, and it is not a sign of a se­ri­ous ill­ness,” she re­as­sures. If your baby suf­fers a febrile con­vul­sion as a re­sult of fever for the first time, go to the doc­tor or hos­pi­tal to make sure all is well. You will also be given ad­vice on how to deal with any fu­ture febrile seizures.

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