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Epilepsy in childhood

fits; epilepsy; convulsions ;

Epilepsy can begin at any time of life, but it is most common in young children. Epilepsy is when a child has convulsions for months and years. Epilepsy treatment aims to let children live a normal life.

More information

 Raising Children Network 

 Better Health Channel (Victoria)

Febrile convulsions - fits caused by fever

A febrile convulsion is a convulsion or fit that occurs when a child has a fever. They occur in about 3% of children aged between 6 months and six years. The fit is almost always very brief (less than 2 minutes) and does not cause your child any harm.

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