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Febrile seizures

Febrile seizures happen to around three out of every hundred children under the age of five. They are usually linked to a childhood illness such as tonsillitis, or teething. Febrile seizures are not epilepsy. However, children who have had febrile seizures have a slightly higher chance of developing epilepsy later on than children in general.

Because they are not epilepsy, we do not have detailed information about febrile convulsions. For more information, please visit


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  • Updated December 2013
    To be reviewed December 2016

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