During a convulsion (seizure), a child becomes unconscious and falls, the eyes roll backwards, the body stiffens, and the arms and legs jerk.
Most seizures last less than 5 minutes.
Convulsions without fever occur in 0.4% of children. If they become recurrent, the child is said to have epilepsy.
Recurrent seizures can be controlled with special medications (anti-convulsants).
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