Children may have fits because of two reasons: epilepsy or high temperature.
Epilepsy is the condition where fits (convulsions or seizures) occur due to bursts of abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
It is quite common for children (especially under 3 years of age) to have fits when suffering from high temperature. This fits are called febrile convulsions or fever fits. These fits almost disappear after 5 years of age.
If your child has an attack of convulsions, try and carry out the following:
- Try to place your child on the floor on his side
- Stay with him but don't try to restrain him
- Remove any objects lying around that could injure your child
- Most fits stop after 3 minutes - you can then call the doctor
- If the fit doesn't stop, dial emergency help