Summary Writer: Viola Korczak
Editor: James Edwards
Interviewee: Arjun Rao
James talks to Arj Rao about febrile convulsions, which typically occur in children between 3 months and 6 years of age.
Dr Arjun Rao is a Staff Specialist in Paediatric Emergency at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and a Conjoint Lecturer in Medicine at The University of NSW. He is a member of Advanced Paediatric Life Support, Australasia and regularly instructs on both provider and instructor courses. Arj is involved in Simulation training at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and completed the Harvard Institute for Medical Simulation “Simulation as a Teaching Tool” course at the Australian Institute of Medical Simulation in 2012. He also has an interest in online learning and been involved in a number of online education projects. Arjun completed his medical degree at the University of Sydney and FRACP in Paediatrics and Paediatric Emergency at Royal Australian College of physicians.
With Dr Arj Rao, Emergency Paediatrician, Sydney Children’s Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Febrile convulsions are a common. Febrile convulsions typically occur in children between 3 months and 6 years of age. Once more sinister causes are ruled out, most children do not require further investigations and management.
Case 1 – 14 month old BIBA. Seizure at home that lasted 3 minutes and the child now has a fever and is sleepy.
Case 2 – The next morning the same child comes in again with another seizure. How is this presentation different? Do we need to approach this case in a different way?
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