Stroke In Children !

A Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the part of brain is cut off, resulting in tissue injury and loss of brain function. When brain tissue is cut off from its supply of oxygen and nutrients for more than three minutes, it begins to die.

There are 2 types of strokes:

  • ¬†Ischemic Stroke
  • ¬†Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two age categories for pediatric stroke:

a) Perinatal, which refers to the last 18 weeks of gestation through the first 30 days after birth. Other terms for this age period include fetal, prenatal, in utero for the period before birth. Neonatal and newborn for birth through one month of age.
b) Childhood, ages 1 month to 18 years

Some Common signs and symptoms:

a) Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body), or hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body).
b) One-sided neglect (unilateral neglect), which causes the stroke survivor to ignore or forget their weaker side and usually occurs when someone has a right brain stroke.
c) Aphasia (difficulty with speech and language), or dysphagia (trouble swallowing).
d) Decreased field of vision and trouble with visual perception.
e) Loss of emotional control and changes in mood.
f) Cognitive changes or problems with memory, judgment and problem-solving.
g) Behavior changes or personality changes, improper language or actions.

If you see any of these signs contact your doctor for EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM.

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