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Babysitting: Dealing With Seizures
Although seizures can be frightening, many last only a few minutes and stop on their own.
Seizures can take many forms. Some kids might have "staring spells" where they stare for a period of time, don't speak, and don't seem to hear anything. Other kinds of seizures involve uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs. Seizures with fever are more common in young children and are usually mild and last a short time.
Possible signs of a seizure:
What to Do
If a child has a seizure with repeated movements of the arms and legs:
Call 911 if the child:
If kids take anti-seizure medicine, making sure they take it on time can help prevent seizures.
Reviewed by: Kate M. Cronan, MD