Whilst not necessarily associated with epilepsy, febrile seizures are more often found in very young children between the ages of six months to five years. The trigger for these seizures tends to be a fever of 101° F (38.3° C) or more. This is more likely to be present if a child is suffering from the flu, an ear infection or a cold.
Febrile seizures predominantly take the form of a convulsion which will include: loss of consciousness and shaking of both arms and legs. Additional less reported symptoms are eye rolling, twitching on a specific part of the body and rigidity of the limbs.
Fortunately, the majority of this seizure variety that lasts less than fifteen minutes has an outcome of few health problems; however, those lasting longer than fifteen minutes, while they too carry a minority long term health hazard, they do have a higher probability of developing epilepsy further down the line.
Epilepsy is characterized by more than one seizure so this type of seizure whilst extremely concerning for parents, more often than not has a positive outcome.