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My eldest son was 8-month old when he suddenly passed out in my arms. I was so shocked that I couldn’t explain my feeling. My whole body was shaking and my mind cannot function well. I don’t know what to do.  I am hopeless. I was crying and shouting for help, I thought he was dead. He lost his consciousness although his eyes remained open. His skin turned blue.

His seizure ended after 5 minutes but that 5 minutes was a nightmare. It was a terrible feeling I couldn’t explain, a worst feeling a mother could ever feel most especially if you are a first time mom.

Due to panic, my husband brought my son to the nearest hospital barefooted. He also didn’t wear any t-shirt. Situation like this will paralyze your entire mind and body. You cannot think straight, I can’t think of a better solution. I can’t calm myself because I’m terribly shaking.

The doctor told us it was a febrile convulsion and was hereditary; it can be inherited from parents who had a history of convulsion. Though it seems frightening, it will not result to death if treated well.  It usually occurs to a child between 6 months to 5 years old. The attack also strikes when a child often get infected with virus.  The doctor also advised us to be careful with our first aid, because if we mishandle it, it will result to a permanent injury.

I have listed below some of the “first aid” we did during my son’s convulsion but were not advisable by the doctor. It just came from our neighbors, friends and families. As frustrated mom, I did some!

Note: I am not a health expert; everything that I shared here is based upon my observations and my researches when my son suffered one. Just want to share it for informational purposes only.


  1. Put spoon into his mouth so it will not lock.

My son’s pediatrician told us not to put spoon in his mouth during attack; it may result to damage on his teeth. But during his second attack, he bit his lower lip and blood keep coming out so I wrapped a spoon with towel and put it in his mouth. I had no choice, I’m afraid he might bite his tongue.

The doctor told us not to intervene during attack. Just clear the area to let the air enter.  But if the attack prolonged and reached 15 minutes go to the nearest hospital.

  1. Bath the baby with ice cold during seizure to lessen the fever.

This is a big No, No; the water might enter his nose and mouth that can suffocate the baby.

  1. Press his tummy to wake him up.

My neighbor keeps on pressing my son’s hands and tummy during his attack. According to him, this will wake him up. Some told us to put a little bit of salt at the tip of his tongue but all of these tips didn’t work for our son.

  1. Go to Faith Healers, they knew everything

This might be the weirdest advice I received. They believed that my son was possessed by bad spirits. That we might need a ritual to let those spirits leave. But to a frustrated mom, I obeyed and did some ritual.

Our doctor gave us some insights, common signs and possible causes of febrile convulsion.  We have to understand and memorize it for future reference.

What is Febrile Convulsion?

Febrile convulsion is a seizure associated with a high body temperature. It is caused by high fever, it is not considered to be epilepsy. It commonly occurs to children ages 6 months to 5 years old.

Common Signs:

  • Often begins with a sudden cry, stiffness followed by a jerking of the body.
  • It only cast for 1 to 5 minutes
  • The child loses consciousness, although the eyes remain open
  • Irregular breathing

Possible causes:

  • They have fever (usually greater than 38degrees Celsius) or infection
  • They are tired, and over-heated
  • They are exited, anxious, fearful or sleepy


  • It is important to be calm so you can think of a better solution
  • If the seizures last longer than five minutes, bring him to the nearest hospital
  • Place the child on his side to prevent choking. Remove any object from a child’s mouth. Don’t place anything in the child’s mouth during convulsion
  • Seek immediate medical attention if this is the child’s first seizure

Hope this helps! Please Comment your suggestions below.

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  1. I am so sorry you and your family had to go through this. It must have been absolutely terrifying! Thank you for opening up and sharing your story. I had never heard of febrile convulsions before.

  2. That must have been terrifying! My daughter passed out when she was a toddler, but it only lasted a few seconds. I can’t imagine five minutes! Thanks for the tips on how to deal with it.

  3. This is the first time that I heard of febrile convulsion. I can’t imagine experiencing this. I would probably freak out and panic like a headless chicken. Thank you for sharing this valuable experience and tips on how to overcome this situation. I hope that your son will never have to experience this again.

  4. Oh my gosh, how scary. I can’t even imagine. Thank you for telling your story though. I know it can help others who might be going through the same thing.

  5. It’s good that you’re raising awareness on this so that parents would know what to do if it ever happens to their baby. It’s a challenging and stressful situation but it’s important not to panic.

  6. I don’t have a child but I sometimes babysit my nephew and I don’t know if I’d be able to not panic if this happens. When he got sick we had him confined right away at the hospital and the doctor felt like we were overreacting. I hope you won’t go through that experience again.

  7. I feel fortunate to not have experienced this, it really is pretty scary. I can imagine the horror that you felt when you saw your 6 month old go through this for the first time. Thank God that hospital is near! Also, I appreciate you spreading the word about this. Very helpful for new parents!

  8. I am very sorry for the stressful experience of you and your family. Febrile convulsions are terrible for both the one who feels them and the one who looks at them. The important thing is that it’s over. May those things not happen to you again.

  9. My daughter had fever seizures a couple of times, so I know what you were experiencing here. I just know that when my daughter temperature hit 106 I was putting her into a cold water until an ambulance could arrive. They actually said that was a good idea to bring the temperature down, which it did 2 full degrees until they could get there and do something to monitor the situation. Now I wouldn’t put a baby in a bath at that point but definitely getting cool water and maybe a cold towel or compress. My daughter was already 3 when this happened and so she could prop herself up somewhat.

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