Seizures in babies
It can be very worrying for parents to see their baby having a
seizure, but if it is dealt with properly it is rarely dangerous.
Your baby may have a seizure as a result of a high temperature,
caused by an infection. Febrile seizures are not common but babies
may experience them because the electrical systems in their brain
are not developed well enough to deal with the body’s high
If your baby has a seizure, seek medical advice. Take your baby
to a doctor afterwards, so they can check what caused the
What to do if a baby is having a seizure
Watch our video - what to do if your baby has a seizure
What to look for – seizures in babies:
- • Vigorous shaking with clenched fists and an arched back
- • Signs of fever – hot, flushed skin, and sweating
- • Twitching of their face and squinting, fixed or upturned
- • Holding their breath, with a red, puffy face and neck, and
drooling at the mouth
- • Possible vomiting
- • Loss of control of their bowel or bladder
- • Reduced response
What to do – seizures in babies:
1. Put pillows around them: protect your baby from hurting
themselves, but don’t restrain them or try to move them. Clear away
any dangerous objects and put pillows or soft padding around them
to prevent injury.
2. Cool them down: when the seizure has stopped, remove any
excess clothing or bedding, or open a window. Take care not to cool
them down too much.
3. Put them into the recovery position: hold your baby in your
arms, cradling them towards you with their head tilted
4. Call 999/112 for an ambulance.
5. Reassure them and keep them calm.
6. While you wait for the ambulance check their breathing, pulse
and whether they can respond to you.