Fit

Published by Administrator on 29-03-2012 in

The most common cause is a very high temperature (fever), due to the young child’s brain being less tolerant of variations in body temperature so that a fit (febrile convulsions) results. These fits should not be confused with temper tantrums.Young children and infants can suffer from fits (convulsions) for a number of reasons 

Febrile convulsions 

Symptoms

That the child has a fever.

That the child is very hot, has flushed skin and may be sweating.

That the child is fitting: arched back, muscles twitching, jerking movements. 

You may notice

The eyes rolling upward.

The child’s face may be blue if the breath is held.

Dribbling/drooling at the mouth. 

TREATMENT

Remove any covering and clothes.

Sponge the child with luke warm water. Do this by starting at the head and regularly refresh the water in the sponge.

Prevent the child from hurting him/herself if the fit continues; place soft padding such as pillows around the child.

Do not try to restrain the child by force.

Once the fit stops, continue to cool the child.

Call for an ambulance.

Do not overcool the child once the fit has finished, cover the child with a light covering, e.g. a sheet.

0 Comments

Add new comment

Your message has been sent. Thank you!

The material on this web site is provided for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare providers. Only medical professionals who examine you can give you medical advice or diagnose your medical problem. We do not intend to create a physician-patient relationship. Your reliance on the information you get from FreeMediInfo.com is solely at your own risk. If you have a specific health question, contact your physician. Also note that while FreeMediInfo.com frequently updates its content, medical information changes rapidly. Therefore, some information may be out of date.