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What is the risk of development of febrial seizures in children? I avoid giving unneeded medications to my 3 years old son, but am concerned about consequences of high body temperature. How can it be recognized and stopped? How common are they? Please post.

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Fever-induced seizures called febrile seizures are relatively rare and occur in 1 out of 100 children. They are not considered epilepsy. Febrile seizure may occur not only when child’s body temperature is rising, but also when it is coming down. Always have acetaminophen suppositories and if needed suppositories with children’s doses of diazepam. Using them in treatment of increased body temperature prevents development of seizures.
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People have seizures when the electrical signals in the brain misfire. The brain's normal electrical activity is disrupted by these overactive electrical discharges, causing a temporary communication problem between nerve cells.

Just because someone has a seizure does not necessarily mean that person has epilepsy, though. Seizures can be triggered in anyone under certain conditions, such as life-threatening dehydration or high temperature. But when a person experiences repeated seizures for no obvious reason, that person is said to have epilepsy.

Many people develop epilepsy as children or teens. Others develop it later in life. For some people with epilepsy (particularly kids), the seizures eventually become less frequent or disappear altogether.
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