May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness month in the states of Washington and Idaho, and in the cities of Spokane and Hayden, Idaho.
The same signs that can be present in adults, can be indicators of a
stroke in a child. Often signs are overlooked or waited to take action
on, because many are unaware a stroke can happen to a child.
- Stroke occurs at the highest rate in infants younger than 1 month of age. Sadly, it remains as one of the top 10 causes of death among children. (Pediatric Stroke Warriors, May 2016)
- Help bring awareness by sharing some of the sources of education on the signs, symptoms and effects of pediatric stroke in your community.
- Remember the signs of stroke in all ages, and act FAST to save a life:
- F - Face drooping
- A - Arm weakness
- S - Speech difficulty
- T - Time to call 9-1-1
- Additional signs in Children can include:
- Severe sudden headache, especially with vomiting and extreme sleepiness
- Vision loss or double vision
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the body
- Severe dizziness or loss of coordination
- New onset of seizures
The information on this page was provided by Pediatric Stroke Warriors, May 2016.