Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

It's not necessary to lower your child's fever to stop a febrile seizure. So don't try to give your child fever medications during a seizure, due to a risk of choking. For the same reason, don't place your child in a cooling tub of water. It's much more practical, more comfortable — and safer — for your child to remain lying on the carpet or a bed.

Most febrile seizures stop on their own within a couple of minutes. If your child has a febrile seizure that lasts more than 10 minutes — or if your child has repeated seizures — call for emergency medical attention.

More-serious episodes

If the seizure lasts longer than 15 minutes, a doctor may order medication that's administered either through your child's rectum or intravenously to stop the seizure.

If the seizure is prolonged or accompanied by a serious infection or if the source of the infection can't be determined, your doctor may want your child to stay in the hospital for further observation. But a hospital stay isn't routinely necessary for simple febrile seizures.

Jan. 24, 2012

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