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First aid tips: febrile seizures

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Febrile seizures might seem scary if it happens to your child, but if you follow these first aid tips, then you will be better prepared in the future.

Febrile seizures are seizures caused by having a high body temperature, but not necessarily any serious health issue. They're also sometimes called fever fits or febrile convulsion. These seizures usually happen in children within 6 months to 5 years. They usually last for less than 5 minutes, and the child should make a full recovery within an hour.

If you see your child having a febrile seizure, you can do these steps in order to make sure that your child is in no danger:

1.  Protect your child from injury, and do not restrain them.

photo from: British Red Cross

photo from: British Red Cross

You can do this by taking out any toys, blankets, etc. that might cause harm for your child when he has a seizure.

2. Reduce your child's temperature.

photo from: British Red Cross

photo from: British Red Cross

You can also turn on any fans, open any windows, or turn on the air conditioning in order to reduce the temperature in the room and lower the child's temperature.

3. Once the seizure is over, you should help the child to rest on their side, with their head tilted back.

photo from: British Red Cross

photo from: British Red Cross

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