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Postnatal steroids and febrile seizures

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Febrile seizures (convulsions) are common, and most occur in healthy children with no risk factors. Seizures are generally more common in surviving preterms, and the reasons for this are not always clear. Corticosteroids are given to some preterms to treat severe lung disease. They are effective, but for many years there have been concerns about long-term neurological harms.

Researchers from Taiwan studied a cohort of 575 preterm survivors, all born at <32 weeks and …

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