Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

If your child has a febrile seizure, stay calm and follow these steps to help your child during the seizure:

  • Place your child on his or her side, somewhere where he or she won't fall.
  • Stay close to watch and comfort your child.
  • Remove any hard or sharp objects near your child.
  • Loosen any tight or restrictive clothing.
  • Don't restrain your child or interfere with your child's movements.
  • Don't attempt to put anything in your child's mouth.

If possible, try to time the seizure using your watch or a clock. Because they're so alarming, seizures often seem to last longer than they really do. Also try to note which part of your child's body begins to shake first, and look for other signs of illness. This can help your doctor understand the cause of the seizure.

Not long after having a febrile seizure, many children are back on their feet, running around the doctor's office or playing safely at home. By staying calm, observing your child and knowing when to call the doctor, you're doing everything that's needed to take care of your child.

Jan. 24, 2012