Podcast 658: Febrile Seizures - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 658: Febrile Seizures

Contributor:  Peter Bakes, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Febrile Seizure clinical criteria
    • 6 months – 5 years of age
    • Rapid rise in temp
    • No preexisting seizure disorder
    • No other explanation for the seizure
    • Nonfocal seizure lasting less than 15 minutes
  • If the seizure does not meet the above criteria, a full workup needs to be completed
  • Regardless of cause, treat the seizure with IV/IO benzodiazepines or IN versed if unable to obtain access
  • Risk of developing epilepsy after a simple febrile seizure roughly doubles


Leung AK, Hon KL, Leung TN. Febrile seizures: an overview. Drugs Context. 2018;7:212536. Published 2018 Jul 16. doi:10.7573/dic.212536

Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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