Duggars Get Some Good News About Little Josie's Scary Condition

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If you're a fan of 19 Kids and Counting (and really, is there anyone who's not?), you've been biting your nails about the health of Michelle and Jim Bob's youngest kiddo, Josie. Out of seemingly nowhere, the 5-year-old began having seizures. Luckily, the Duggars have finally gotten some good news about Josie's scary condition.


On the season finale of the TLC reality show, Jim Bob shared that their pediatrician believes Josie's just fine and will likely outgrow the seizures.

"All of Josie's seizures have happened around a fever -- normally an ear infection," Jim Bob explained on-camera during the special episode that followed the show. "Typically, children will outgrow these by the time they're 10."

That's the Duggars' hope, at least. Josie's had her fair share of medical issues, starting with being born prematurely at 25 weeks. At the time, she weighed just 1 lb., 6 oz. Her febrile seizures have been mentioned on 19 Kids for years.

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A recent April episode even showed Josie convulsing. Thirteen-year-old James and Jana, 25, rushed to help her. Even the show's director pitched in before an ambulance arrived.

Febrile seizures, like what Josie has, aren't uncommon. As many as 4 percent of all kids in the U.S. and Canada may have one before they turn 5. But they're still frightening to watch.

A child having a febrile seizure can have full-body convulsions. Their eyes may roll back in their head and they can lose consciousness. It's usually over in a few minutes but some seizures can last up to 15 minutes.

The condition may be linked to certain viruses, and can run in families. Fortunately, they generally don't lead to any other health problems ... and as Jim Bob said, many kids grow out of them. Here's hoping Josie does!

Has your child ever had a febrile seizure?


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