Newest Review: ... teeth (even toddler sized teeth!) cannot be trusted to be kind to anything that's placed in their mouth mid-fit. Most Febrile Convulsi... more
Member Name: clareozzy
Advantages: None! apart from they do outgrow them
Disadvantages: the fright you get
My little boy had these when he was much younger. The first time he was only about 8 months old and had just woken up from a nap. He had a cold, was quite grumpy and just generally not himself. He cried and as I lifted him out of his cot all of a sudden the crying stopped (suddenly) and went limp like a rag doll, his eyes rolled and was unresponsive. I called on his older brother who was only 4 years old at the time to grab the phone. By the time I got hold of the phone and managed to dial 999 he was awake again and looking around quite the thing!
Anyway, I asked for an ambulance to come so he could be checked at the hospital but as he was happily having a cuddle and breastfeed from me when the ambulance men arrived, they were reluctant to take him to hospital. I insisted and off we went. The Doctor at the hospital explained that it was more than likely to be a febrile convulsion as he had a cold and a bit of a temperature and this was his boy's was of cooling down.
He was referred to the neuro department and had a xray of his heart done and no abnormalities were found that could indicate anything more serious.
He did have a few more, as he got a bit older, usually when he was unwell and once after an immunisation.
I know they are very scary - especially the first couple, but someone told me it's no worse than an adult fainting (how true this i s I do not know) but it certainly reassured me as I fainted a lot as an anaemic teenager and never came to any harm!
They do grow out of it - the last time he had one was when he was about 2 and a half.
Summary: Although terrifying, nothing to worry about - it's their body's way of cooling down.