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Symptoms & Signs of Febrile Fits

Written by Dr. Ramya Ananthakrishnan, MD  | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Nov 12, 2014
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Symptoms & Signs of Febrile Fits

Febrile fits occurs with the child initially running a temperature followed by the him staring ahead and then going stiff for a few minutes before losing consciousness. The child then develops seizures as convulsions occur. After a couple of minutes he regains consciousness. Initially disoriented and confused, the child subsequently becomes normal. Usually the entire episode last for 5 to 15 minutes.

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Based on the symptoms, the two types of febrile convulsions can be differentiated.

In simple, benign febrile fits.

  • The episode of convulsions last for less than 10 minutes.
  • Nature of convulsions is generalized in that the entire body goes into spasm or becomes stiff.
  • The episode occurs within 24 hours of onset of fever.
  • After the episode of fits subside, the child is normal and suffers no after effects.

In atypical febrile fits.

  • The episode of convulsions lasts for more than 15 minutes.
  • Nature of convulsions is focal i.e., involves one portion of the body.
  • The episode occurs 24 hours after the onset of fever and the child may show signs of organic damage of the brain.

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Pravakakarla

My neice is 3 years old and whenever he gets a fever he has a seizure. He falls unconsious imediately. Its been twice since the last 8 months. He has been checked by every possible doctor..its really embarassing seeing a lil kid like that falling unconsious in our hands. Can u plz suggest how can dis be prevented. He is using a syrup named epitom now

sherlee

iam 17 years old when i get up early in the morning and go to sleep late at night i feel like fits and i'm suddenly unconscious after that i feel giddiness what is it ? is it a fits or hysteria

ennairam_23

Febrile fits are scary.

achuadi

I am 13 YEARS OLD HAVING HEADACHE SINCE 2 YEARS. I GET CHECKED my EYES- THEREIS NO PROBLEM AND HEAD XRAY ALSO HAS BEEN TAKEN ENT SEPECIALIST SAYS THERE IS NO PROBLEM IN me. BUT my PROBLEM IS NOT SOLVED. IS THIS BEGINING STAGE OF FITS Iam WORRIED VERY MUCH AS Iam FACING 10TH CLASS EXAMS IN THE COMMING YEAR.PLEASE HELP ME OUT IN THIS REGARD


REGARDS
Archana N Koushik

vjay10

i have getting fits in sleep..from 15 years iam using somany types of tabs and also in xray,scanning ecg ...there is no reult...please give me solution..only in night sleeping time only...after getting fits morning time i will get headeach ful...my fits time is just 2 or 3 minutes only....give me solution please...iam a villager student now ihave 22 years.this problem iam suffering from when iam studying 5thclass....this is my problem.....B.vijaykumar(mca)

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