Stroke with seven – even children can take
Stroke in children: these are causes and symptoms. Stroke in children: blurred vision, one-sided paralysis and convulsions are warning signs.
Blurred vision, one-sided paralysis and convulsions may indicate a stroke in children.
Even children and teenagers can have a stroke get. Eric hit it with eleven years on the football field. The seven year old Marc was diagnosed after doctors three days after the cause of his violent headaches were looking for. Emma and Max suffered in utero stroke . Annually, about 300 cases are registered in Germany – which is indeed little, but experts suggest that the true figure is higher because a stroke in children is rarely suspected. Is to know the warning signs is more important.
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Often the children have to suffer all their lives from the consequences. “The early detection of stroke in children is very important to avoid restrictions in the motor and mental development as far as possible,” says Hans-Jürgen Nentwich the professional association of pediatricians.
These are the warning signs of stroke
A stroke is caused by circulatory disorders in the brain, for example due to blood clots in arteries leading to the brain. If there is not enough oxygen and nutrients, fall important functions abruptly and cells die.
Signs of a stroke can be paralysis, weakness or spasms in a body. Even severe headaches, possibly with vomiting, slurred speech or swallowing difficulties are warning signs. Furthermore, should parents be alerted when children complain of vision problems such as double vision or blurred vision or their gait looks uncertain.
Stroke during childbirth
One third of all registered strokes in children occurs during birth, triggered by the birth stress. The dilemma that such strokes are often diagnosed late because the children develop symptoms only after several months. The parents then falls to, for example, that the child does not or less used one hand to grip or when crawling a page less used than the other.
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Which children are particularly at risk
The causes of a stroke, there are significant differences between adults and children. While in adults lifestyle diseases such as atherosclerosis , hypertension or obesity, the main causes were, would meet a number of factors in children, the neurologist says Matthias Springer from Bremen. These include genetic blood-clotting disorders, heart failure , or constriction of blood vessels. Children with cancer are also at increased risk.
Increased risk of infections such as chickenpox
Also at risk are children, who have just survived an infection. Thus, a stroke in preschoolers often ereigne due to a type infection, especially chickenpox , explains pediatrician Norwich. In countries without routine chickenpox vaccination up to a third of all strokes in children could be traced back to this viral infection.
Also at the beginning of puberty, the risk of stroke is, according to the “Förderverein stroke and thrombosis in childhood” tall. This is due to the hormonal changes, as well as smoking and taking birth control pills.
Blood vessels can be injured by jerky movements
Another risk factor is vascular injuries that can happen in particular in young people playing sports. Also by jerky neck movements in thrilling rides at fairs may interfere with the carotid artery tear.
Children cope stroke better than adults
Unlike adult children would recover faster after a stroke, says Springer. The neurological deficits could compensate for the child’s brain well, defining a long-term study of the University of Munster, the nationwide data of stroke in children gathers. However, there is also evidence that in the long term to develop a number of problems for children and thus for families. In school memory, attention and learning disorders may occur, in turn causing the complex psychosocial issues. This is evident in behavioral disorders, depression, anxiety and aggression. “The effects of a stroke usually show up until many years later,” says the intelligent Blow Springer. It was important, therefore, to encourage children affected in the long term.