Day 136: The Shock of Seizures


Watching a child having a seizure is a terrifying experience. They will flail about and be generally unresponsive. This condition is caused by a variety of factors that make electrical impulses in the brain misfire at random. Though a seizure can be an indication of a deeper problem, the seizure itself is usually not a great threat.

One of the most common causes of seizures and children are high fevers. These are known as febrile seizures and can occur when a child has a high fever over an extended period. If your child is experiencing a high fever, try to cool him or her by using damp cloths on the skin and a children’s fever reducer as recommended by your pediatrician.
If your child is already experiencing a seizure, try to remain calm. The child will flop and flail about so make sure that there is nothing in the area that he or she could knock over and harm him or herself. Do not attempt to stick anything, especially your fingers, in the mouth of the child who is having a seizure, as the jaw can clamp and unclamp involuntarily, and it is the strongest muscle in the body.

After the child is done seizing, place him or her in a lukewarm bath of shallow water. Seek medical attention to make sure the seizures are not a result of some other condition. Some children are more prone to these kinds of seizures, but they will typically grow out of them as time goes on.

I had several such episodes as a child as did my brothers and sisters, but none of us have had one since we were very young children. My own son experienced one once during a high fever but also has not had any for years.


One thought on “Day 136: The Shock of Seizures

  1. Yes, I can attest that seeing a child seize is terrifying….esp the first time!! My oldest (now age 30) had his first febrile seizure at 6wks old!!! Landed him in the hosp for 4 days. Until he was around 5, he’d seize whenever a fever spiked rapidly. However it never happened again after that…I guess it’s something people grow out of!?

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