First seizure without a fever in children and young people

RCPCH Safety-netting information following a first seizure without a fever in children and young people

First seizures are a complex area in which to provide useful health information. There are many different diagnoses to consider and often there is much concern and uncertainty. It is easy to provide insufficient or confusing information, and it is also easy to miss opportunities to provide key safety advice, details regarding local pathways or signposting information.

Designed with general practice, emergency departments and initial paediatric services in mind, a Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s (RCPCH) first-seizure safety-netting leaflet has been produced for parents and carers of children and young people after they have been initially assessed after a first afebrile seizure.

The leaflet is designed to be appropriate whether the seizures are single or recurrent, epileptic, non-epileptic or uncertain and whether associated with other problems and provides information in the gap between initial assessment and first specialist paediatric assessment. The resource ensures families and young people have correct, balanced early information around what to do following a first seizure, until the first assessment with a specialist. It further ensures initial patient journeys are appropriately described.

Included at the back of the leaflet is a tear-off ‘Information Provision Checklist for Healthcare Providers’ for healthcare providers to print / save and retain in patient records.

Endorsed by the British Association for Community Child Health, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Emergency Medicine, Epilepsy Action and Young Epilepsy.

You can find more information on first seizures on the RCPCH website. 

 

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