by Victoria Simpson
Thought it was something for the 55-and-over crowd?
Unfortunately, the fact is that anyone can have a stroke. Yes, even a baby. According to stroke.org, stroke remains close to the top ten causes of death in children. A sobering thought.
It’s reported that the risk of stroke in children is greatest in the first year after they are born and during the period in the womb, right before birth.
What is pediatric stroke? It’s the same as a stroke in an older person, but with different symptoms.
Warning signs for babies include:
- Extreme sleepiness
- A tendency to use only one side of their body
And the risk factors are also different for babies. Obviously, infants are tiny and haven’t had years and years to build up hardened arteries, or other internal problems.
According to stroke.org, common risk factors for stroke in children can include:
- Congenital heart defects
- Sickle-cell disease
- Immune disorders
- Diseases of the arteries
- Abnormal blood clotting
- Head or neck trauma
- A maternal history of infertility
- A maternal infection in the fluid surrounding an unborn baby
- A premature rupture of membrane during pregnancy
- A pregnancy related high blood pressure in the mother
Each case of pediatric stroke is treated dependent on the specific cause of the stroke.
Treatments are always evolving, and involve comprehensive monitoring, blood transfusions, medications, and possible surgery.
Children can experience permanent complications from stroke as an adult would, such as seizures, weakness and vision problems. The good thing is that, while adults can experience recuperation, younger suffers usually have a better recovery from strokes than adults, due to the fact that their brains are still growing.
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