World Pediatric
Stroke Association

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Think 

Stroke

Strokes CAN, DO and WILL happen at ANY AGE!

 

Often strokes in children may appear or present differently than they do in adults.

 

Symptoms of stroke in children can mimic other diagnoses; however, stroke cannot be ruled out unless we think stroke!    #THINKSTROKE

 

Get your child immediate medical attention and say the word STROKE if you witness him/her exhibit any of the following signs/symptoms:

 

  • speech disturbance

  • hemiparesis or weakness on one side

  • facial drooping

  • new-onset of seizures 

  • mental status changes

  • loss of coordination

  • dizziness

  • loss of consciousness

  • severe headache

  • vomiting

  • visual disturbances

  • high fever 

 

If an adult were to display signs and symptoms of stroke EVERYONE treats it like an emergency.  

 

The rush and urgency of true emergency does NOT commonly occur for children due to the fact there is little awareness about strokes in children.  Stroke is often immediately ruled out based simply on the age of the patient! 

 

In children it is an EMERGENCY too!

 

Note that when a child presents with neurological signs/symptoms a physician who specializes in PEDIATRIC neurology is imperative to a faster, more accurate diagnosis!   

 

REMEMBER: TIME IS BRAIN AT ANY AGE!

 

 

You cannot rule out

STROKE...

based simply on

AGE

Risk 

Factors

There are over 100 risk factors for strokes in children, including but not limited to:

 

  • sickle cell anemia

  • heart defects

  • coagulation disorders

  • congenital birth defects

  • infection

  • recent trauma involving the head and/or neck

  • fever 

  • blood vessel abnormality

     

     

Know the risk factors

for STROKE

in a CHILD

It is important to note that there could be underlying risk factors for stroke that you are unaware the child may have. 

 

Also, some children have strokes for which no specific risk factors are found.

 

If the signs/symptoms  of stroke are present, it is always better to "THINK STROKE" until it is ruled out, than to not think stroke at all. 

 

After all, if an adult stroke were to display the signs/symptoms of stroke, it would be immediately ruled out.

 

REMEMBER: TIME IS BRAIN AT ANY AGE!

 

Stroke in 

Newborns

Contrary to what most people believe:

STROKES HAPPEN

IN BABIES,

EVEN UNBORN

Presentation of Stroke in Newborns:

 

  • Seizures in approximately 50 - 60% of newborns having suffered a stroke or strokes.  The infant should be evaluated immediately by a pediatric neurologist.

 

  • In the remaining 40 - 50% of newborns, having suffered stroke or strokes, may be dominant on one side and/or show a hand preference. This NOT typical for infants under 12 months of age and may be subtle early in development. These symptoms should be immediately discussed with the infant's pediatrician.