Obtain detailed description of spell to determine if it was a seizure.
Circumstances in which spell occurred
Focal features suggest seizure.
Focal postictal weakness suggests sei...
Consider rectal diazepam (0.5 mg/kg) for febrile seizures ≥5 minutes; may cause drowsiness and ataxia; rarely causes respiratory depression
Febrile seizure recurrence
50% of children <12 months of age at time of first simple febrile seizure have recurrent febrile seizures.
30% of children >12 months of age at tim...
Chungath M, Shorvon S. The mortality and morbidity of febrile seizures. Nat Clin Pract Neurol. 2008;4(11):610–621. [View Abstract on OvidInsights]
Gupta A. Febrile seizures. Co...
780.31 Febrile convulsions (simple), unspecified
780.32 Complex febrile convulsions
R56.00 Simple febrile convulsions
R56.01 Complex febrile convulsions
434101000124100 Simple febrile...
Q: What should parents be told?
A: Good neurodevelopmental outcome for simple febrile seizures but relatively high risk for recurrence.
Q: Can a child die from a febrile seizure?
A: No. Reported mort...
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