A febrile seizure is a convulsion in a child triggered by a fever. Such convulsions occur without any underlying brain or spinal cord infection or other neurological cause. According to studies, about 3-5% of otherwise healthy children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years will have a seizure caused by a fever. Toddlers are most commonly affected. Most occur well within the first 24 hours of an illness, not necessarily when the fever is highest.
The first febrile seizure is one of life’s most frightening moments for parents. Most parents are afraid that their child will die or have brain damage. Thankfully, simple febrile seizures are harmless. There is no evidence that simple febrile seizures cause death, brain damage, mental retardation, a decrease in IQ, or learning difficulties. (www.nlm.com) However, a very small percentage of children go on to develop other seizure disorders such as epilepsy later in life.
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1. Hyperthermia - Benign Febrile Convulsions Nursing Care Plans
Benign Febrile Convulsion is a convulsion triggered by a rise in body temperature. Fever is not an illness and is an important part of the body’s defense against infection. Antigens or microorganisms cause inflammation and the release of pyrogens which is a substance that induces fever.
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the patient manifested:
the patient may manifest:
After 4 hours of nursing interventions, the patient’s temperature will decrease from 39°C to normal range of 36.5°C to 37°C.
After 2 days of nursing interventions, the patient will be able to be free of complications and maintain core temperature within normal range.
The patient’s temperature shall have decreased from 39°C to normal range of 36.5°C to 37°C.
The patient shall have been able to be free of complications and maintain core temperature within normal range.