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What Parents Should Know About Febrile Seizures

What Parents Should Know About Febrile Seizures

Haley Sittner was providing some TLC to her then 16-month-old son, Henry, who had a cold caused by a viral infection with fever, when she drifted off to sleep with him in her arms. She was awoken by his convulsions. Fortunately, as a physician assistant in the neurology department at Seattle Children’s Hospital, she knew precisely what was happening — Henry was having a febrile seizure — and what to do. Dr. Stephanie Randle, a pediatric neurologist at Seattle Children’s, provides advice to parents: don’t try to control the child’s convulsions, but instead ensure the child is in a safe place where he or she can’t flail and hit furniture; move toys out of the way as well.

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