oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Febrile seizures in children : evidence-based pharmacy practice

Volume 79, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 2221-5875
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1017



Febrile seizures may be the most common seizure disorder affecting children between the ages of six and 60 months. Febrile seizures may be classified as simple, complex and symptomatic. Simple febrile seizures may last for less than 15 minutes. Possible causes of febrile seizures may include a genetic predisposition, infection and certain vaccines. The management of febrile seizures includes the use of antipyretics, and depending on the duration of the seizure, the use of anticonvulsants. This article deals with the management of febrile seizures in paediatrics. Incorporating the pharmacist as part of the clinical team, and using appropriate educational tools, may assist febrile seizure prognosis.

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