Generally the prognosis is good:
- By definition, febrile seizures do not recur beyond the age of 6 years approximately but for more details please see the When will my child grow out of it? page.
- There is no evidence for an increased risk of death, even for children with febrile status epilepticus.
- Intellect is not affected.
- Febrile seizures recur in about 30%. Risk factors for recurrence are: family history of febrile seizures, onset aged <15 months, lower temperature or shorter duration of fever at onset.
- Risk of epilepsy is less than 3%. Risk factors for epilepsy are: complex febrile seizure febrile status epilepticus, other neurological abnormality, and family history of epilepsy.