During the seizure, leave your child on the floor.
- You may want to slide a blanket under the child if the floor is hard.
- Move the child only if in a dangerous location.
- Remove objects that may cause injury.
- Loosen any tight clothing, especially around the neck. If possible, open or remove clothes from the waist up.
- If the child vomits, or if saliva and mucus build up in the mouth, turn the child to the side or on the stomach. This is also important if it looks like the tongue is getting in the way of breathing.
Do NOT try to force anything into the child's mouth to prevent biting the tongue, as this increases the risk of injury. Do NOT try to restrain your child or try to stop the seizure movements.
Focus your attention on bringing the fever down:
- Insert an acetaminophen suppository (if you have some) into the child's rectum.
- Do NOT try to give anything by mouth.
- Apply cool washcloths to the forehead and neck. Sponge the rest of the body with lukewarm (not cold) water. Cold water or alcohol may make the fever worse.
- After the seizure is over and your child is awake, give the normal dose of ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
After the seizure, the most important step is to identify the cause of the fever.
Meningitis causes less than 0.1% of febrile seizures. It should always be considered, especially in children less than 1 year old, or those who still look ill when the fever comes down.