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Convulsions (or fits) can occur in young children and are frequently caused by a high fever or rapid rise in temperature (febrile convulsions). The area of the brain that controls body temperature does not fully develop until a child is around 4.

If your child has a convulsion, stay with them to make sure they come to no harm. They will usually go straight to sleep afterwards. Put them in the recovery position, on their side, and call the doctor or ambulance.

If your baby suffers from febrile convulsions and starts to run a high temperature, try to cool them down by removing extra clothes and bedding. Offer extra fluids (breastmilk, if breastfeeding, or cool, boiled water). Infant paracetamol or ibuprofen liquid preparations may also be given, but it is important that you follow the instructions on the pack. Check with a health professional for further information.

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