- Place the child on the bed to protect the child's head from hitting anything hard.
- Make sure the patient can breathe. Clear food and vomit from the mouth. Pull the neck back slightly and turn the head to one side.
- Do not force anything into the child's mouth. It is not necessary to force an object into the mouth to avoid biting the tongue. This may actually cause harm.
- Reduce the fever by sponging the child or placing the child in a tepid bath. Do not give medication by mouth to the child while he or she is unconscious or seizing.
- Call your doctor.
- Check the patient's temperature every 30 minutes until the fever drops below 102 degrees Fahrenheit, then stop sponging.
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RealAge answeredMost seizures last only a few seconds to a few minutes and are basically harmless for the child. Seizures lasting longer (more than 30 minutes), however, can be dangerous. When this occurs, follow these steps:
Intermountain Healthcare answeredRapid temperature changes can cause seizures (convulsions). Your child may appear unconscious and his arms and legs may jerk. This may last from a few seconds to several minutes.
Place the child on his side or on his stomach with his head turned to one side. Remove anything (such as a pacifier, or bottle) that may be in his mouth. Do not place your fingers or anything else in his mouth! Be sure to remove any objects that are around him so he does not hit them during the seizure. Call your doctor immediately after the seizure. It is normal for your child to be sleepy after the seizure. If the seizure has not stopped after 10 minutes, call the paramedics.