Febrile Seizures | Treatment


What should I do if my child has a seizure?

  • Put your child on his or her side so that he or she won't choke on saliva or vomit.
  • Don't put anything in your child’s mouth.
  • Don't restrain your child's movements during the seizure.
  • Try to remain calm. Most seizures stop on their own within a few minutes, so keep your eyes on a clock or watch.
  • Call 911 if the seizure lasts more than 10 minutes or is accompanied by a stiff neck, vomiting or breathing problems.
  • Don't try to lower your child's fever by placing him or her in a cold bath, especially during a seizure.

What should I do after the seizure has stopped?

Call your doctor. He or she may want to see your child to find a cause for the fever.

Will my child have more seizures?

Most children won't have another seizure. But the risk of another febrile seizure is slightly higher if your child is younger than 18 months, if there's a family history of febrile seizures or if the fever wasn't very high when the seizure occurred.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 10/95