Fever Seizures in Toddlers
When my son was 7 months old, he had RSV. It was his first major illness, and it was terrifying. We caught it early, so he was able to get the care he needed and recovered quickly.
A month after he was sick, he had his first fever seizure, also know as febrile seizures. It was a typical day. He was playing and showed no signs of a cold or anything.
He fell asleep in his crib at nap time like usual. 15 minutes into his nap, I noticed him moaning and whining. Then, he started to twitch. Immediately, I picked him up and put him on a blanket on the floor. He started to seize. It was over within minutes, but I was in tears.
I noticed he felt hot, so I got the thermometer. Sure enough, he had a fever of 102. I called his doctor and my husband at work. We took him in right away. He was given Tylenol.
The doctor explain that he had a seizure because of his fever. He said it was fairly common and most kids grow out of it. It can happen with a fever of 100.4 and higher. It didn’t sound normal, so I was losing my mind with fear. He gave me a bunch of papers to read. I started to feel better as I saw my baby acting more and more like himself.
The next seizure was worse. It was a month after he turned a year old. The doctor told us to alternate Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen. 5 minutes after we gave him Ibuprofen, his face started to swell, he was covered in a rash and was throwing up. After a lengthy hospital visit, we found out he was allergic to Ibuprofen.
The next few seizures were easier. They didn’t happen very often because we were on top of his fevers if we even noticed the slightest temperature change.
Since he couldn’t have Ibuprofen, I noticed him feeling achey a few hours his fevers had gone down and the seizures were over. So each time this would happen, I’d let him take a bath, but made sure it wasn’t cool or too hot.
I grew up with a grandma who would put us in a freezing tub if we had too high of a fever, which is very dangerous. If our fever was below 103, she would make us wear socks and cover up with blankets until we were sweating, which is also bad.
The old school methods are not safe, so we listened to everything the doctor said and did a lot of research.
- Shaking and Twitching
- Eye Rolling
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Figuring out if and when he was having a seizure was fairly easy. Trying not to panic was the hard part. They don’t typically last more than a few minutes but can go as long as 15 minutes. Before they really begin or as soon as possible, there are some steps to make the situation safer.
What to do:
- Move child onto floor or safe area where they won’t fall.
- Roll child onto side, so they don’t choke on vomit or saliva.
- Don’t try to put anything in their mouth.
- Don’t try to hold them down.
These steps are simple enough to follow, but it doesn’t make it any easier to watch your baby go through.
These types of seizures aren’t related to more serious issues like epilepsy and can happen up until a child is around the age of 6. It’s more common I’m toddlers.
I am by no means a doctor, and this post isn’t medical advice. Please contact your doctor if this happens.
Yesterday, my son had another fever seizure. The kids and I have had colds this week, so I haven’t been writing and posting as much. I hope everyone has a good weekend. Avoid the germs as best you can as the chilly fall weather approaches!