Recovering from Febrile Seizures

Gus had a fever today. Big deal, right? Kids have fevers all the time. Yep, that’s true, but with Gus it is a bit different. He has a history of febrile seizures. Granted, it’s been over a year since he had his last one and most doctors would say he’s grown out of it. Still. It doesn’t change the fact that every time his fever goes up, so does my heart rate.

I can’t help it. I’m pretty sure it will always be that way. Seizures are scary. Even if you know they’re coming or what to expect. They’re still scary. So, in honor of this feverish day, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned about seizures. Here’s the cliff notes from my experience:

  1. You can’t die from a seizure. That’s true. You can’t. Your child might look like they are dying, but they aren’t. And they won’t.
  2. Unless your child has a seizure while they are eating, don’t mess with their tongue or their mouth in any way.  The old guidelines used to say to check and make sure they weren’t swallowing their tongue. This is no longer the case.
  3. Lay them on their side and let them seize. Don’t do anything to prevent it. Just keep them safe during it.
  4. Sometimes babies can have difficulty breathing at the end of a seizure. Their lips will be blue. Don’t be alarmed (yeah right!).
  5. Your child will probably pass out and appear relatively unconscious once the seizing ends. This is completely normal. It’s called the postictal period. Basically, the brain is recovering. It’s pretty traumatic for the brain so it has to take a timeout.

If you have any questions about febrile seizures or my experience with them, feel free to drop me a line.

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6 Responses to Recovering from Febrile Seizures

  1. TheCheekyKea says:

    This is great! I’ve always been aware that seizures are possible with high fever, especially in babies, but other than calling the emergency services, no one really tells you what to do if it happens. I’ve even got a current first aid certificate but the only seizure related information was for seizures in adults. To be honest, before reading this, in the event of my baby falling unconscious after a seizure, I would have tried MTM resuscitation, which would probably be quite dangerous.

    • Mommy Psychologist says:

      Thanks! I wish I had this information before his first one. It would have been very helpful.

      • brent says:

        My daughter had a seizure that lasted close to an hour. It is day three after the seizure and she is sleeping a lot, cranky and lacks energy. Did you notice any after effects?

        • Mommy Psychologist says:

          Brent,
          I’m sorry to hear about your daughter. I know how scary seizures are. And yes, I always noticed subtle effects in the days following. He was always a bit cranky and irritable which is completely understandable given what the brain has gone through. Also, something that I didn’t know initially is that their muscles really ache following a seizure because of all of the muscle spasms during the seizure. Massages help alleviating some of the muscle aches which I think contributed to his irritability as well. Let me know if I can provide any other helpful information.

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