Is It Normal For A 6-year-old Child To Have A Seizure During A Fever?
Hello. I want to consult. So, my nephew is already 6 years old. And at the beginning of March last time he was hospitalized for 8 days. Initially only a fever but to seizures. And 3 days after the seizure was detected, it turned out that he had Dengue Fever. Now what I want to ask is whether the seizures due to fever at the age of 6 years are still normal, or is the seizure a result of Dengue Fever? Fear of seizures at the age of 6 years because there is something related to his health, not because of a normal fever. Thank you🙏🙏
Hello Nancy, Thank you for the question.
Fever accompanied by seizures can be caused by febrile seizures. Febrile seizures are seizures that occur due to sudden changes in body temperature. Febrile seizures are not caused by abnormalities in the brain. Febrile seizures commonly occur in children aged 6 months to 5 years. Seizures that occur in your nephew may not be a febrile seizure. Seizures that occur along with fever can also be caused by infection of the lining of the brain (meningitis) or brain infection (encephalitis). An infection in the body can cause fever and an infection that occurs in the lining of the brain or brain that causes seizures, not the fever that causes seizures. However, certainly to be more certain, families are encouraged to consult with a pediatrician who treats your niece. Usually in addition to blood tests, other tests are needed such as lumbar puncture to check brain fluid. From this examination, after ascertaining the cause, the new doctor can provide further treatment.
Hopefully this information helps you.