Drugs for febrile seizures

John M. Freeman, M.D., of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, Maryland, says we should “just say no!” to drugs for the treatment of febrile convulsions. He points out that febrile seizures are generally benign and do not require treatment. Furthermore, phenobarbital, the medication most commonly used, has been shown capable of lowering the child’s I.Q. He urges health care providers to provide counseling and reassurance to parents rather than medications. (Pediatrics 86(4)624, October 1990) Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

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