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How will the stroke affect my child?

The effects of stroke vary from very mild to severe, and depend on the part of the brain affected and how much damage it has caused. Your child may have problems with movement or speech, or have behavioural or learning difficulties. Stroke in children can also cause pain, seizures and visual problems.

It is possible to recover from a stroke. It does, however, take time and rehabilitation therapies are crucial. Usually, recovery happens in the early weeks and months following a stroke, but can continue for longer.

Sadly, as with adult stroke, not every child survives. If you have lost a child through stroke, there are specialist support services that can support you and help you come to terms with your loss.