Your child may be sleepy or irritable. If you see blood coming from the mouth, this usually means that there was a bite to the inside of the cheek or tongue during the seizure. After the seizure has stopped, place a clean cloth on the area and apply gentle pressure to stop the bleeding.
Call your child’s healthcare provider. It is important that your child is evaluated to see if there is a treatable cause for the fever. Most children will have only one seizure within a 24-hour period. Giving acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat the fever will make your child more comfortable but will not necessarily prevent future seizures.
There is no evidence that fever-related seizures cause brain damage. Large studies have found that children who experience fever-related seizures have normal school success and perform as well on intelligence tests as their siblings who have never had a seizure.
Fever-related seizures can be very scary to watch but remember:
- They are fairly common in children 6 months to 6 years of age
- They are usually not related to a serious illness
- In most cases they do not lead to epilepsy or other health problems
Talk with your child’s health care provider if you have any questions or concerns.