It’s always scary when your child falls ill, especially when he or she has a fever. When your child is having a fever, there is a chance that he or she may have a fever fit. These fits happen when a viral infection causes your child’s temperature to rise too quickly. Typically, it occurs to children between six months to six years old. Some symptoms you may notice when your child is having a simple fever fit:
- Stiffening or jerking of all four limbs
- Up rolled eyes
- Clenched teeth
A simple fever fit can last from 10 to 15 minutes and your child may be drowsy for the next 20 to 30 minutes. However, they will usually be back to normal after.
Fever fits that last more than 15 minutes are classified as complex fits. For these, there is a chance that it may recur within 24 hours. Children with complex fits may not have the same seizure patterns, may not gain full consciousness and may be unable to move one side of their bodies. If you feel unsure, check out this video by Dr Jade Kua, that summarises the red flags to look out for when your child is having a complex fit.