Pediatric Febrile Seizures: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Pediatric Febrile Seizures?

Febrile seizures are convulsions that can happen during a fever (febrile means feverish). They do not cause any harm and does not mean the child has a more serious long-term health problems. Mostly it is seen between six months and six years of age. They are also known as febrile fits or febrile convulsions.
Subdivided into two groups:
Simple or typical febrile seizure (85% of febrile seizures): Generalized, less than 15 minutes, occur within 24 hours of onset of fever
Complex: Longer than 15 minutes, onset more than 24 hours after onset of fever or multiple seizures in 24 hours

Recovery Time

A simple febrile seizure stops by itself within a few seconds to 10 minutes. It is often followed by a brief period of drowsiness or confusion.


Diagnosis is done by physical examination and other tests may be recommended like
  • Urine tests
  • Blood tests
  • Electroencephalogram
  • Lumbar puncture

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