Dash says. “When it comes to Pediatric Stroke, it is important to remember B.E. F.A.S.T.!”
The signs of a pediatric stroke can vary depending on the child’s age and the type of stroke they are experiencing. However, some common signs to look out for include:
- Balance: Sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body, such as the face, arm, or leg.
- Eyes: Vision problems, such as sudden blurred vision or double vision in one or both eyes.
- Face: One side drooping Sudden headache, especially if it is severe or accompanied by vomiting
- Arms or leg issues: Dizziness or loss of balance, particularly if it is sudden or severe.
- Speech: Difficulty speaking or understanding speech, such as slurred speech or difficulty finding the right words.
- Time to call 911 : Sudden, unexplained seizures, Loss of consciousness, even briefly, or Sudden changes in behavior, such as confusion, irritability, or drowsiness.
These can all be a sign of childhood stroke.
It’s important to note that these signs can be subtle and may not be immediately obvious as a stroke, particularly in young children. Parents, caregivers and healthcare professionals should be aware of these signs and act quickly if they suspect a child is having a stroke. A pediatric stroke is a medical emergency, and prompt treatment can prevent further damage and improve the child’s outcome.
Dash is our FAST Dragonfly rabbit who was created to share the story of pediatric stroke and remind the public that stroke has no age limit. Dash wears a blue and purple bow tie which are the ribbon colors of pediatric stroke.