Pediatric Stroke Warning Signs

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SHOWING SIGNS OF A PEDIATRIC STROKE CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY! TIME IS BRAIN AT ANY AGE!!

Speech difficulties:
Garbled, slurred, or inability to speak.
Ask a simple question. Is their speech slurred or strange?

Weakness:
Arm, face, and/or leg on one side of the body.Numbness may also occur on one side of the body.
Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Severe dizziness or loss of coordination:
Unsteady walking and inability to reach or grab.

Vision impairment:
Double vision, loss of vision on one side, complete vision loss, and/or abnormal eye movements.

Altered mental state:
Diminished comprehension, hallucinations, change in conciseness with headache, nausea, and/or vomiting.

New onset focal seizures:
T
ypically in newborns.

Severe sudden headache:
Especially with vomiting and lethargy

New onset of seizures

Act F. A. S. T

Face Drooping

Arm Weakness

Speech Difficulty

Time Call 911 immediately!

F.A.S.T symptoms occur in 75% of pediatric stroke cases

What is a stroke? A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.

There are two types of strokes:

Ischemic stroke is when blood flow to part of the brain is insufficient.

Hemorrhagic stroke is bleeding within or around the brain.

These two types of stroke can be caused by many factors. Ischemic strokes are typically caused by blocked blood flow to an artery or by narrow/small blood vessels limiting blood supply to the brain. A Hemorrhagic stroke is most often caused by weak or abnormally formed blood vessels or blood clotting abnormalities. A transient ischemic attack (TIA), “mini-stroke,” causes a stroke-like symptom, such as weakness on one side of the body or trouble speaking, that goes away quickly. If you have had a TIA, a brain MRI will not show signs of a stroke, but a TIA can be a warning sign that a bigger stroke may occur.

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