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Roseola (cont.)

Is a Seizure Due to Fever Dangerous?

While the seizure may look very frightening, it is usually quite harmless (benign). Febrile seizures are not associated with long-term neurological side effects or brain damage. Anticonvulsant medication is rarely prescribed either to treat or prevent febrile seizures.

What Should I Do if My Child Has a Seizure?

A very important responsibility is to keep calm and help the child to the floor and loosen any clothing around the neck. Turn the child on one side so saliva can flow from the mouth. Protect his head against the hard ground by use of a cushion or pillow. Do not put anything in the child's mouth. It is impossible to swallow your tongue. Children are often drowsy and desire to sleep following a seizure. After the seizure, you should contact the child's health-care provider to determine if your child should be immediately examined.

Roseola Exams and Tests

Since the diagnosis of roseola is generally made by the characteristic history and physical examination findings, laboratory studies and/or radiologic evaluation are rarely necessary. In the unusual case, laboratory testing exists to demonstrate elevation of antibodies to HHV-6 (or HHV-7). This may be necessary if the patient's immune system is compromised.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/8/2015

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