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Can febrile seizures develop into complex seizures?

My boyfriend has epilepsy. My question is can febrile seizures develop into other types of seizures as he grows older?
That's topamax. He was on tegretol, topamax and d-something 4500mg a day.

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I know if a child has a very high fever that can cause Febrile seizures?

I know if a child has a very high fever that can cause Febrile seizures?
but can adults have a seizure also if their fever is extremely high?

well usually kids grow out of it. I havent really heard grown ups having them but if you get a fever high enough ( like over 105) then sure you can because at that point its actually damaging your brain.
But kids usually get seizures way before the fever itself gets into a dangerous level ( like from 101-103f. At that point the fever itself is not doing damage yet to the childs brain but they are still seizing, otherwise healthy grownups dont usually have seizures at 103 fever  (+ info)

What age to children "usually" start having febrile seizures?

I know that not every child has them, but my 10 week old had one today- scared me half to death- and I took him to the hospital. He's doing better now, but how rare is it for a child that young to have a febrile seizure?

That would have scared me as well! You did the right thing and im glad he is doing better.

"Febrile seizures are convulsions caused by fever. They happen in 2 to 5% of children between 6 months and 5 years of age. They may happen early in life, but usually stop completely by the time a child is 5 years old. The older your child is when he has his first febrile seizure, the less likely he is to have more. If a family member (sibling, parent, aunt or uncle, grandparent) has febrile seizures, your child may be more prone to them."

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Can febrile seizures last past age seven?

My son has had three in the last 18 months - always with a high fever; and never any before that. Are they febrile or is something else going on - and if yes, what possibly. He was 1.2 pounds at birth.

in most cases no, most if not all happen in children under 5, With high fever.... But I'm not a doctor. I cannot tell you what it could be. You should be talking to your son's doctor. Since he had such a low birth weight, the doctor should be looking real close at him anyway. I do not know what kind of insurance you have but you can make an apps. with your child's doctor without him/her seeing your child. Just a sit down in his office. Good luck to U  (+ info)

How can I prevent febrile seizures?

My child is always sick and always gets a fever. When it rises quickly, he has a seizure. It is very frightening and I fear the next one. Anyone else experience this? How do you handle it? I keep my child on motrin and tylenal. He has several seizures during a fever recently and he had had motrin only about 3 hours prior.

http://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/tc/helping-a-person-during-an-epileptic-seizure-topic-overview  (+ info)

Is it possible to have febrile seizures when your 12?

Im 19 years old, and i had my last seizure when i was twelve because my temperature was at 103 degrees F. Since i got into high school i was physically active and ran track and cross country. I ran all 4 seasons for each sport and ran 7- 10 miles a day, in season, since i was a freshman. Do you think i could still have one? or Do you think that i have grown out of it?

They usually occur in young children, during a viral illness in which their fever spikes up high all of a sudden. About 2% to 5% of children have febrile seizures.

Children who have febrile seizures have a very small risk of later developing regular seizures, but according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 'between 95% to 98% of children who have experienced febrile seizures do not go on to develop epilepsy.'

These children are at risk for having more febrile seizures though. In fact, about one=third of children who have febrile seizures go on to have another one later on. Fortunately, most children outgrow having febrile seizures by the time they are about 5 years old.

Remember that febrile seizures are not harmful though and they do not cause brain damage.  (+ info)

Do you think febrile seizures are normal for infants?

It is very scary to see your child have one in your arms. You will be traumatized everytime your child strikes a fever. Doctors will tell you they are normal, but to see your child loose control of bodily functions is not normal.

My son had seven of them and I found some good information online. I have posted it below. By the way, I dont feel that these seizures are normal, as with any trauma to the body, these seizures do affect the child, if only short term.

What are Febrile Seizures?
Febrile seizures are convulsions brought on by a fever in infants or small children. During a febrile seizure, a child often loses consciousness and shakes. Less commonly, a child becomes rigid or has twitches in only a portion of the body. Most febrile seizures last a minute or two; some can be as brief as a few seconds, while others last for more than 15 minutes. Febrile seizures usually occur in children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years and are particularly common in toddlers. A few factors appear to boost a child's risk of having recurrent febrile seizures, including young age (less than 15 months) during the first seizures, frequent fevers, and having immediate family members with a history of febrile seizures.

Is there any treatment?

A child who has a febrile seizure usually doesn't need to be hospitalized. If the seizure is prolonged or is accompanied by a serious infection, or if the source of the infection cannot be determined, a doctor may recommend that the child be hospitalized for observation. Prolonged daily use of oral anticonvulsants, such as phenobarbital or valproate, to prevent febrile seizures is usually not recommended because of their potential for side effects and questionable effectiveness for preventing such seizures.

What is the prognosis?

The vast majority of febrile seizures are harmless. There is no evidence that febrile seizures cause brain damage. Certain children who have febrile seizures face an increased risk of developing epilepsy. These children include those who have febrile seizures that are lengthy or that recur within 24 hours and who have cerebral palsy, delayed development, or other neurological abnormalities.

What research is being done?

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) conducts research related to febrile seizures in its laboratories at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and also supports additional febrile seizure research through grants to major medical institutions across the country. NINDS-supported scientists are exploring what environmental and genetic risk factors make children susceptible to febrile seizures. Investigators continue to monitor the long-term impact that febrile seizures might have on intelligence, behavior, school achievement, and the development of epilepsy.

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Related NINDS Publications and Information

Febrile Seizures Fact Sheet

Febrile seizures fact sheet compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Seizures and Epilepsy: Hope Through Research
Information booklet on seizures, seizure disorders, and epilepsy compiled by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).  (+ info)

My daughter has a history of febrile seizures, she has had a new symptom...?

She is only 23 months old, has had four febrile seizures, until this last weekend. It had been over a year since she's had any seizure activity. This one WAS NOT fever induced. Wondering what this could mean? We still have another week before we get into the doctor (military takes forever) and I'm losing sleep with worry.

I'm sure you've done lots of research on seizures and what can happen as a result of them. No one on here can tell you what it means. We don't know how bad the seizures were. We don't know how long they lasted. We don't know how long she was lethargic after the seizure... There is a LOT of information needed here.

However, don't worry just yet. Make sure she takes her naps on time, make sure you don't give her any simple sugars (obviously juice is fine). Why don't you call and ask to speak to your doctor?  (+ info)

where do children get febrile seizures?

doing an assignment for class and need to know where children get febrile seizures.

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Can you tell me how Seizures or Febrile Seizures are stop by giving iron things like keys?

Never heard of giving "iron things" for seizures. It's very hard to "stop" a seizure once it's started, unless your given IV medications. Febrile seizures happen when a child spikes a fever rather rapidly usually due to an infectious process like an ear infection. Febrile seizures can sometimes be prevented by controlling the fever with tepid bathing, and round-the-clock dosing with fever reducing medications like childrens Tylenol and/or Motrin. A trip to the doctor is also needed.

-Chad, RN  (+ info)

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