Identifying the cause of your child's fever is the first step after a febrile seizure.
Simple febrile seizures
To determine the cause of infection, your doctor may recommend:
- A blood test
- A urine test
- A spinal tap (lumbar puncture), to find out if your child has a central nervous system infection, such as meningitis
Complex febrile seizures
For complex febrile seizures, your doctor also may recommend an electroencephalogram (EEG), a test that measures brain activity.
If the seizure involved just one side of the child's body, your doctor may also recommend an MRI to check your child's brain.
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