Although seizures can be frightening, many last only a few minutes, stop on their own, and are almost never life threatening. Seizures can take many forms, from staring spells to involuntary movements of the arms and legs.
Some seizures require immediate medical care while others can be managed at home.
If your child has a seizure:
If your child has a known seizure condition, be sure that he or she gets plenty of rest and takes any prescribed seizure medication on time.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014
|AAP Pediatric Referral Department Use this website to find a pediatrician in your area or to find general health information for parents from birth through age 21.|
|Epilepsy Foundation Epilepsy Foundation has information on books, pamphlets, videos, and educational programs about seizure disorders. Call: (800) EFA-1000|
|American Academy of Family Physicians This site, operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), provides information on family physicians and health care, a directory of family physicians, and resources on health conditions.|
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