Doctors use the term febrile to define a body temperature of 38 degrees C or above. Febrile convulsions are common in children between the ages of six months and three years. They are generally tonic-clonic seizures, but may, less commonly, be focal seizures. They are usually linked to a childhood illness such as tonsillitis, or teething, which cause a rise in temperature.
Febrile convulsions are not epilepsy, but a child who has had febrile convulsions has a slightly higher chance of developing epilepsy than children in general.
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Updated September 2011To be reviewed September 2013