Like any high-quality day nursery we have staff that have been trained in first aid, and we have policies and procedures in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of children in are care at all times. Children, however, can be unpredictable and at First Friends we had to ring for an ambulance when one of our children suffered a febrile convulsion as the result of a high temperature.
The child had arrived at nursery that day very happy and her ‘normal’ self and continued so right up until the time of the convulsion when she became limp and unresponsive. This happened alarmingly quickly, but our staff team stayed calm and followed the correct procedure. The ambulance arrived very quickly and took the child to hospital, where she was examined and declared safe and well. She was back in nursery after a couple of days as if nothing had happened.
Febrile convulsions (also known as febrile seizures) can happen at least one in the childhood of around 1 in 20 children. It is more likely that such a convulsion would occur in the home rather than the nursery, so we thought it might be useful to issue this advise for parents.
What to look for
The most common age for this to happen is between six months and three years. The significant aspect of a high temperature in a young child is how quickly their temperature rises. It is important therefore to always take a poorly child’s temperature at frequent intervals to determine the speed of the temperature increases. If a child has a temperature it is important to cool them down. This can be done by taking off layers of clothes, offering them plenty of fluids, using a damp flannel on their forehead and administering paracetamol. For more advice please see http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Febrile-convulsions/Pages/Introduction.aspx
We feel it is important for everyone to know basic first aid and are proud at First Friends to have held regular first aid evenings for our parents. We are currently looking to book our next one, if you are interested please let us know.
We would also love to hear your experiences …