First Aid Basics: How to Treat Fever Convulsions

Fever convulsions are similar to epileptic fits. They occur mainly in children under the age of 7 years old.  The convulsions are not caused by high body temperatures but the rapid increase in temperature. They can occur at even low temperatures of around 39 degrees. While fever convulsions appear serious they generally are not. The child will require protection from objects that could hurt him or her during the convulsions. Do not restrain the child. Do not put anything in his or her mouth, as there will then be danger of choking and while the child may bite the tongue this is not serious, does not need to be prevented. Wait until the convulsions have subsided and the child is awake before trying to bring down the temperature with water etc. Take the child to a pediatrician once he or she has recovered.

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