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Managing Febrile Seizures

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For the first-time mother to witness her baby have a febrile seizure is terrifying. For the "experienced" mother, it's no less terrifying. More than likely there has been an illness that has led to this happening that has already left you exhausted and wondering what it wrong with your baby. But, no mother really anticipates this happening to their baby. Many mothers don't even realize it's a possibility until it happens to them.

A febrile seizure is a seizure in a child between 6 months and 5 years. It is usually associated, as the name suggests, with a fever. The intensity of the seizure varies according to each child. No one can really predict what will trigger a febrile seizure in one baby and not in the other, and no one can predict how one baby will react to it.

Fevers can happen for many reasons: infection, virus, flu, cold, teething, reaction to a vaccine. But, if a baby for any reason comes down with more than just a mild fever ("burning up") there is reason for concern. The immediate issue is to get that fever down! There are several ways to do this.

1) Analgesics/pain relievers: Tylenol/Tempra (acetaminophen), Advil/Motrin (Ibuprofen) and ASA (aspirin).

Depending on your baby, these may or may not work effectively. What we do now know, that we didn't when many of us mothers were growing up, is that you can double up Tylenol and Advil. If you give your baby Tylenol (acetaminophen) and after about an hour there doesn't seem much of a difference, administer the appropriate dose of Advil (ibuprofen). When the dose of Tylenol wears off (usually four hours), give them some more. When the dose of Advil wear off (usually six hours), give them some more. Keep rotating to help keep the fever down. This will also allow your baby/child to sleep and hopefully fight off whatever they've come down with.

It is important to monitor potential allergic reactions to any of these drugs (changes in heart rate or breathing, hives or other rashes). If you suspect that your baby is having a reaction to the medication, stop using it.

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We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.



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