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
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.