Causes

Children may experience fits due to various reasons, some of which may be related to head injury, epilepsy, poisoning or febrile convulsions (resulting from a high temperature).

Symptoms

Symptoms may include your child experiencing the following: biting of tongue, jerking movements and stiff muscles, stopping breathing or losing consciousness. The eyes may roll upwards, the face turn bluish or grey, the child might drool/ foam at the mouth, or lose control of bladder and bowel movements.

What you need to do

You would first need to prevent your child from hurting himself. Always call for help if your child hasn’t experienced fitting before or if it stops and starts again. If your child is an epileptic and experiences fits – your doctor would have advised you on what to do.

The following may be helpful:

1. Secure the child’s airway by laying him down on his side.
2. Place a cushion/ something soft under him and loosen any clothing that may be tight.
3. Call for emergency help – a doctor will need to determine and treat the cause of seizure.

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Do not give the child anything to eat or drink and do not try to force him down. It is common for a child to be drowsy after a seizure.

Source: Your Baby & NetCare Baby, 2014 Family Emergency Injury Prevention & Safety Guide

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