Roseola - Children and Seizures

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What should one do if his or her child with roseola has a seizure?

The hardest thing to do is to keep calm while helping the child to the floor and loosening any clothing around the neck. Remove any sharp objects that could cause injury, and turn the child on one side so saliva can flow from the mouth. Putting a cushion or a folded coat under the head for a pillow is fine, but do not put anything in the child's mouth. The best thing is just to wait it out. Most febrile seizures (whether associated with roseola or other viruses) last less than five minutes. Do not leave the child unattended while calling the paramedics of the doctor's office. Children are often drowsy and sleep after a seizure. That is normal. After the seizure, contact the child's health-care professional to determine if the child should be immediately examined.

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Comment from: Dotgod, Male (Caregiver) Published: October 31

My grandson had a seizure with roseola and it scared the life out of me. We only knew that he had a fever not roseola. We called the emergency medical services (EMS), took him to the hospital, and they gave him Tylenol and his fever went down. That night and the next day the fever spiked again over and over. We took him to a different hospital and again they never said anything about roseola, just gave him Tylenol and they sent him home. I never experienced this with my child and this was very scary. His doctor found it out the third day. The seizure happened on at Saturday and the emergency room was the only place to go. So sad that the doctors at either hospital didn't take blood or do anything to find out what was wrong with our grandson.

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Comment from: CHA, 0-2 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 31

My daughter had roseola at 18 months. She was admitted to the hospital due to diarrhea and dehydration. On the second day her fever spiked to 105.9 at which time she suffered a seizure. She has since then had seizures at age 3 and then when going thought puberty. She is now 23 and on a daily medication for seizures. It's very important to keep the fever down. It can cause permanent damage.

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