Seizures are also called convulsions. They are sudden, uncontrolled jerks of the muscles. They can be caused by a fever. They are the most common type of seizure and are harmless. They most often occur when the fever is about 102°F (39°C). But they can occur at temperatures above or below this. A fever can be caused by an infection in any part of the body. A few children will have seizures with hot baths or hot weather.
Each seizure lasts 1 to 10 minutes without any treatment. For most of the children, a seizure from a fever will only happen once in their life. Some have one to three more seizures over the next few years. These type of seizures usually stop by age 5 or 6 years.
Call a rescue squad (911) IMMEDIATELY if the febrile seizure lasts more than 5 minutes.