What is the outcome of children with febrile convulsion?

Febrile convulsions can look very frightening for parents who may think that their child is dying. This is not true as febrile convulsions are mostly harmless. The outcome of children with simple febrile convulsions is usually excellent. The outcome is not good if the convulsion is prolonged, confined to one half of the body, when it occurs in a child with a background of abnormal development or neurological dysfunction, and if the first convulsion occurs before 6 months of age. It is estimated that in such children about 5% will develop epilepsy later in life while only 1% of children with simple febrile convulsions develop subsequent epilepsy.

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