First-aid for febrile seizures / Do’s

  • Remain calm
  • Support the child and protect him from injury against sharp corners, sharp objects and furniture, fire or water sources.
  • Be with your child and note the time when the seizure starts and ends.
  • Support your child’s head with a pillow or soft object.
  • Remove any objects from the child’s mouth.
  • If you notice any vomiting, then turn the child to his to prevent choking.
  • Inform your paediatric neurologist about all the symptoms you noted.

Don’t

  • Don’t panic – remain calm.
  • Do not put anything in the child’s mouth.
  • Do not try to hold or force the child to lie down.
  • Do not put your child into cool or lukewarm water to cool off.

Seek medical help:

  • If the seizure lasts longer than 5 to 10 minutes.
  • If the child is not recovering quickly.
  • If the child is experiencing the seizure for the first time.
  • If the child becomes weak, lethargic and has stiff neck, rigid hands and legs and vomits
  • If the child seems to have breathing difficulty.
  • If the child’s skin appears or turns blue.
  • If the seizures occur repeatedly.

Take the child to the doctor once the seizure stops – to know the cause.