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FEBRILE CONVULSIONS

Homeopathy Treatment for FEBRILE CONVULSIONS

A child with fever develops sudden convulsions. It is said to be in a state of FEBRILE CONVULSIONS.

Febrile seizures usually occur in young children who are between the ages of 3 months to 3 years. They’re convulsions a child can have during a very high fever that’s usually over 102.2 to 104°F (39 to 40°C) or higher. This fever will happen rapidly. The rapid change in temperature is more of a factor than how high the fever gets for triggering a seizure. They usually happen when your child has an illness. Febrile seizures are most common between the ages of 12 and 18 months of age.

 Types 

Simple - Simple febrile seizures are more common.  Uploaded Image

Complex- Complex febrile seizures last longer.

Symptoms 

The symptoms of febrile seizures vary based on the two types.

Symptoms of simple febrile seizure are:

  • loss of consciousness
  • twitching limbs or convulsions (usually in a rhythmic pattern)
  • confusion or tiredness after the seizure
  • no arm or leg weakness

Simple febrile seizures are the most common. Most last less than 2 minutes, but can last as long as 15 minutes. Simple febrile seizures only happen once in a 24-hour period.

Symptoms of complex febrile seizure are:

  • loss of consciousness
  • twitching limbs or convulsions
  • temporary weakness usually in one arm or leg

Complex febrile seizures last for more than 15 minutes. Multiple seizures may happen over a 30-minute period. They may happen more than once during a 24-hour time frame as well.

Causes 

Febrile seizures generally happen when your child has an illness, but many times they occur before you may realize your child is sick. That’s because they usually take place on the first day of an illness. Your child may not be showing any other symptoms yet. There are several different causes for febrile seizures:

  • A fever that occurs after immunizations, especially the MMR (mumps measles rubella) immunization, can cause febrile seizures. A high fever after immunizations most often occurs 8 to 14 days after your child has been given the immunization.
  • A fever that’s the result of a virus or a bacterial infection can cause febrile seizures. Roseola is the most common cause of febrile seizures.
  • Risk factors, such as having family members who have had febrile seizures, will put a child at a higher risk for having them.

HOMOEOPATHIC TREATMENT

Febrile convulsions during infancy has a lesser significance than in adult life. The convulsion threshold appears to be lower in infancy and it increases with the maturation of the nervous system. During infancy, febrile states such as teething, exanthemata, gastrointestinal infections and frequent and common cause of convulsions. If a single fit occurs there is a little cause for alarms, but if there are repeated attacks or if they appear without any adequate cause. Then epilepsy is the likely diagnosis.

Examine the child thoroughly and determine the cause of convulsions. Treatment is aimed at controlling the convulsions and reducing the fever. Nimmerse the child in a warm bed. Look for a rash on the body. Any source of sepsis (throat and ears)and examine the chest. Look for any retraction of the head, squint or kernigs sign. Lastly, examine the stool of urine.

Belladonna there is sudden high fever with a hot head, cold limbs and delirium. Perspiration is only the head and there is no thirst with the fever. Pupils are dilated, eyes are staring, with a brilliant conjunctiva. Jerks and spasms in the limbs. Skin is moist and dry alternately.

Artemisia vulgaris is indicated in convulsions of nursing mothers or teething children. Convulsions after cooling off while getting heated from dancing on exertion, from menstrual disturbances. Patient goes into a deep, long sleep after the attack.

Bufo rana gas convulsive seizures that occur mostly at night in sleep. This is often associated with disturbance of the sexual sphere. Convulsion can come on in children after nursing from frightened or angry mother. Fever with delirium and cold feet; burning feet. Infection, particularly septic lymphangitis leads to swollen glands, fever and convulsions.

Causticum has convulsions due to suppressed eruptions. Ailments from long lasting grief when the patient develops mental fatigue. Laughs before or after the spasm. Fever is intermittent with no heat stage. Chill is followed by sweat. Keynote vis marked periodicity of fever-every 2,3 or 4 weeks.

Cicuta virosa convulsions occur due to concussions, pregnancy or delivery. With sudden shocks through the head. Neck muscles get contracted. Twitching and spasmodic jerks, are the keynote of cicuta virosa. Bending of the head, neck and spine backwards, frightful concortions and odd motions. Fever is accompanied with chilliness. Cold internally and externally, constant desire to be near a stove. In children, there is worm fever with colic and convulsions. The patient is better in a dark and quiet room.

Zincum metallicum has trembling, convulsive twitching and fidety feet, worse at night, during sleep. Convulsions from spinal injuries with automatic movements of mouth, arms and hands. Fever appears at night with febrile flushes, thirst and a desire to be fanned. There is also marked restlessness of legs and feet.

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