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Febrile convulsions

A febrile convulsion is when a child has a seizure (also called convulsion or fit) because they have a high fever. This is often very frightening for parents, but it is fairly common in young children and seldom causes any long-term problems.

If a convulsion lasts longer than 5 minutes, or you are worried about how your child is breathing or anything else, dial 111 and ask for an ambulance. Stay calm and put your child on their side in the recovery position.

Even if the convulsion settles quickly, take your child to the doctor. They may need tests or treatment for the underlying infection.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Last reviewed April 2020.

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