It is quite common for babies and young children to experience febrile convulsions. These seizures are caused by a rising body temperature when they are unwell. These seizures are extremely frightening, both for the patient and those around, however these ones are rarely life threatening. Your child is likely to grow out of them by the time they are about 5 years old.
It is also possible for children to be diagnosed with Epilepsy and they may have been prescribed specific medication to control their seizures. They may also have additional medication to be used if a seizure continues for more than 5 minutes. Specific training is needed if staff are expected to administer this medication.

Help for a generalised seizure:

1. Make sure they are safe; ease them to the ground if they are on a chair.
2. Protect their head without restraining them.
3. Make a note of the time that the seizure started and of the different phases. Be as detailed as you can. This is extremely useful to the medical team when investigating causes and instigating treatment.
4. Loosen any tight clothes.
5. Remove any objects against which they could hurt themselves.
6. Advise another member of staff to remove other children from the area.
7. Shield the casualty from prying eyes to preserve their dignity.
8. Once the seizure has stopped, check the airway and breathing.
9. Place in the recovery position if unresponsive.
10. Stay with them and talk to them reassuringly throughout the seizure


Seizures can be frightening to observe and distressing for the person experiencing them too. Ensure all those involved are okay. Additional sensitivity may be required to ensure the child who has experienced the seizure does not feel awkward amongst their peers.
When to phone for an ambulance:
1. If it is their first seizure,
2. If the seizure lasts for more 5 minutes
3. If they have another seizure straight after
4. If they are injured
5. If they are known to have seizures and this one is different
6. If you are worried at all
7. If unresponsive for more than 5 minutes after the seizure
What not to do.
• Never put your fingers or anything in their mouth to try and prevent them biting their tongue – as this will cause serious injury
• Do not try and move them unless they are in immediate danger
• Do not restrain their movements whilst they are fitting
• Do not give them anything at all to eat and drink until fully recovered
• Never try and ‘bring them round’

First Aid Training North East Ltd is a fully regulated First Aid Training provider; our trainers are highly experienced professionals who will tailor the training to your needs.

We run a variety of courses covering adult and child First Aid in a school setting: Paediatric First Aid covering the full Ofsted syllabus, the Fully Regulated Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) tailored to Schools and a short 4 hour Emergency First Aid for Schools course covering CPR, choking, asthma, head injuries, minor and major bleeds, fitting and other common medical emergencies in a school setting.

We are happy to arrange bespoke courses for you on many topics and cover specific illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, seizures and acute allergic reaction.

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First Aid Training North East Ltd provides this information for guidance. It is not in any way a substitute for medical advice. First Aid Training North East Ltd is not responsible or liable for any diagnosis made, or actions taken based on this information. It is strongly advised that you attend a practical First Aid course to understand what to do in a medical emergency.

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