First Aid for Your Child’s Convulsions


Seeing your child suffer from intense high fever and convulsions is just heart breaking. Know what you can do during instances like these.

What Happens during a Convulsion?

More often than not, convulsions are caused by contemporaneous high fevers. They normally last for about a minute or two. During such fit, your child may lose consciousness and start to twitch uncontrollably. You will notice also that the jaws will be clamped shut and breathing becomes haggard. The child’s eyes will roll back into her head and she may froth at the mouth. Usually, after such a fit a child may fall asleep. The picture the convulsion may paint is very alarming therefore, it is essential that as a parent you are aware of what you can do when it happens.

What Do You Need to Do?

When your child convulse do not just go running for help, what matters more is to not leave your child unattended for she may end up inhaling her vomit. To prevent this, place her on her stomach with her head to one side but do not strain her. Isolate her from objects or furniture that may cause her injury. Do not force anything to her mouth.

Before the fit, if by chance that the parent is around, the first thing that such parent should do is to cushion the fall or simply prevent an injury. What he or she can do is to use a hanky or piece of cloth to insert in the mouth when the child cries to prevent the biting of the tongue. NEVER place your fingers in the child’s mouth. Do not put a hard object in the child’s mouth either for it could break his teeth. If the child during convulsion bit his tongue, cheek or lips and it is severe, as soon as the fit is over, he or she should be taken to the nearest hospital for stitching.

The convulsions will stop on its own accord so no need to panic. What you should do though is to keep the child to one said to avoid his inhaling of his vomit. If he or she is wearing tight clothing loosen them so as to aid his breathing.

If his convulsion lasts for more than a few minutes or if his convulsions are very frequent in the same episode then one should have him checked by a doctor immediately.

The parent during the convulsions need to watch carefully all the details for there may be instances that the child will stop breathing for a few seconds or longer, at which time the parent is to shake him or turn him to the other side to stimulate respiratory movements. Also, after the convulsions a doctor would want to know if there were signs or premonitions that the child has related to the parent before the convulsions. There are many signs of the onset of convulsions, for some it may begin as something rising up from the stomach, a bad smell, an auditory or visual hallucination or even frightening or enjoyable psychological feelings.

At the start of the convulsion, the eyes and the head may turn to one side. It is vital that the parent watches this side. The fit may also begin in one limb and would gradually travel throughout the body. It is equally important to note what happens after the convulsions are over. So the parent should constantly be on guard, observant and alert when the child is under convulsion.