Febrile seizures

Mothers who use alcohol or smoke during their pregnancy or after the birth of their child, may be increasing their child’s risk of suffering febrile seizures (seizures which develop during a fever). Febrile seizures are most common between six months and five years of age, with the greatest incidence from six months to three years of age. It has been estimated that from two to five percent of children suffer at least one seizure before they reach the age of five years. A study from the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine, at the University of Washington in Seattle, reveals that the use of alcohol by the mother during pregnancy and cigarette smoking both increased the risk of febrile seizures. (American Journal of Epidemiology 132:462-473, 1990) Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

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