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Febrile convulsions happen to young children between six months and 5 years old, but can occasionally occur in older children. Even with no history of febrile convulsions in your family, your children may still suffer them, so be prepared! One in 20 children are affected and the outcome can be devastating if not dealt with very quickly.
Who can get febrile convulsions?
The simple answer is anyone! However, a child is at greater risk if:
One in a thousand children suffer a convulsion after having the MMR jab. It usually occurs 8-10 days after the jab. This is responsible for only one tenth of the cases of febrile convulsions compared with children who suffer measles itself.
What are the symptoms?
What to do if a child suffers a febrile convulsion?
Although febrile convulsions look like epileptic fits, they are rarely related. 99% of children that have a febrile convulsions DO NOT EVER HAVE ONE AGAIN! SO, don't panic or worry too much. Just make sure your babies and children are not too hot or smothered when in bed or out and about then it's warm. Give them plenty of water and if in any doubt, get to a doctor or call the emergency services immediately!
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