A febrile convulsion is a seizure that is caused by a rapid rise in temperature in infants and children. This usually results in altered consciousness and uncontrolled muscle spasms. Up to 4% of children will develop, at one time or another, seizures.
Causes of Convulsion, Febrile
Cause if convulsions are sudden, is high fever. There is also an unexplained irritability of the central nervous system in some children, which can cause convulsions.
Signs and Symptoms of Convulsion, Febrile
Like the name says, febrile convulsions are usually preceded by infection and fever. The convulsion may be the first sign of fever. Other symptoms that develop include temporary unconsciousness, jerking or twitching of the arms, legs or face that lasts 2 to 3 minutes, loss of bladder or bowel control, and irritability upon regaining consciousness. Following the convulsion, sleep may last for several hours.
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