Fits or seizures (not with a fever)

Fits or seizures (not with a fever)


  • Fits (seizures) have a variety of causes, and most fits will not be due to a brain tumour. In this age group fits associated with fever are very common
  • Fits occurring for the first time should be viewed as a potentially serious symptom and require further investigation of the cause.
  • A fit can be a brief moment when the person appears to be “absent” from what is going on around them, or jerking/twitching of a hand, arm or leg or jerking/twitching affecting the whole body. They may or may not become unconscious.

If a child in this age group experiences a fit or seizure, always seek medical help. Fits can be due to a serious illness and any child having a first fit must be reviewed as soon as possible by a doctor. If you think your child is having a fit, phone 999 and ask for an ambulance.

Some young children will have a fit with a high temperature (febrile fit/seizure). Fits with a high temperature are not usually due to a serious underlying illness. Any child having a febrile fit should be reviewed by a doctor as soon as possible, however, most febrile fits occur with mild viral infections.

Further information about fits and seizures in young children can be found at Epilepsy Society.

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than two weeks?


Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible


Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, either take them to the emergency department or call 999.