Febrile convulsions are caused by a rapid temperature increase, in infants or children. The convulsions are not a form of epilepsy however symptoms may appear similar and include loss of consciousness, arms and legs twitching, breathing difficulty, eye rolling and a a pale or bluish complexion. The underlying illness causing the rise in temperature will need to be treated however direct treatment for febrile convulsions, which last less than five minutes, is not often necessary. Febrile convulsions which last more than five minutes may need to be treated with medication.
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