How do I know if my child is having a Stroke?

It can be difficult to recognise if your child has had a stroke. The effects of the stroke may not be so noticeable if your child is very young and in the early stages of development, or if their symptoms are mild. Some children may not even have any symptoms. In babies up to 28 days old, seizures are a common symptom of stroke.

Children aged from 28 days old to 18 years may experience weakness or paralysis on one side of the body, facial drooping, speech problems and headaches. These symptoms are most commonly associated with ischaemic strokes. Symptoms for haemorrhagic strokes can be vomiting, seizures and occasional headaches.

For some children, the stroke is first detected when problems arise with their learning and development. Most noticeably there may be problems with movement on one side of the body (hemiplegia).

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