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Answer: Febrile convulsions are linked to fever, and infections occurring in approximately 3% of infants and children aged between six months and six years.

Always checking for dangers first. The room you are in is quite warm and baby is wearing a lot of clothes.

Remove babies clothing down to their nappy to cool baby down.

Once the convulsion has finished place them on their side and support them. Ensure that they are breathing normally.

After the seizure has ended, seek medical advice as there is an underlying cause that led to the convulsion.

Call 111 if the baby is not breathing normally.

Do not give medication until directed to do so by a doctor or medical professional.

An infant can not regulate their temperature in the same way as an adult.

Always follow organisational protocols where they are in place.

Children or infants who experience a febrile convulsion from an underlying illness are not at a greater risk of developing epilepsy or damage due to a febrile convulsion.

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Currently, there are temporary changes to the steps to be followed in resuscitation. These can be found in the video below or by clicking here to see the New Zealand Resuscitation Council temporary guideline recommendation. 

Click the link to go to the New Zealand Resuscitation Council Covid-19 recommended modifications for delivering resuscitation whilst the pandemic remains a threat. Click play to see a short video outlining CPR modifications that should be followed during the pandemic.

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Data and information are fact-checked against various recognised sources, including the New Zealand Resuscitation Council, Health Navigator New Zealand, St John, and other recognised entities specialising in the specific subject content. It should be noted that variances in protocols exist and where necessary are identified.

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