Stroke does not distinguish between gender and age. No matter you are in your seventies or just waiting to be fed, the risk of stroke is always around us! Stroke in children is a more serious condition. Therefore, having a thorough understanding of stroke care and rehabilitation can give your child a better chance of getting out of the dangerous period.
How to tell if a child has had a stroke?
Strokes in children are usually immediate. Please pay more attention to your child’s physical condition. If you are worried about whether your child has suffered a stroke, please pay attention to whether he has the following symptoms. Moreover, if your child has heart disease, sickle cell disease, or blood vessel-related diseases, the chance of suffering a stroke is higher. The following 5 symptoms may occur:
- Sudden drowsiness
- Sudden vision problems, such as blurred vision, double vision, and loss of vision.
- Sudden difficulty speaking: slurred speech.
- Sudden difficulty walking or loss of balance.
- Sudden numbness on one side of the body.
How is stroke treated in children?
If you notice symptoms of stroke in your child, seek immediate assistance from a pediatrician or neurologist and get your child treated immediately to reduce the risk of stroke-related complications. The following 3 treatments are available for stroke in children:
- Medication: Your child’s doctor may prescribe aspirin, special vitamins, or other medications to prevent the blood from becoming too cloudy and causing blockages. If your child has sickle cell anemia, he may need to take Hydroxyurea and receive a blood transfusion.
- Interventional neuroradiology: This treatment can be used if a child’s blood vessels in the brain are abnormal, such that the blood vessel walls are too fragile and may rupture. The doctor will insert a catheter into the problematic blood vessel to promote blood flow and avoid blockage.
- Surgery: In some cases, doctors may recommend brain surgery if there is too much pressure in the blood vessels in the brain.
Recovery period after stroke surgery in children
After surgery, rehabilitation is very important for stroke patients. You can work with the medical team to design a rehabilitation plan suitable for your child. Because your child may have difficulties in expression, vision, language, walking, etc., and his mental state will also be affected. Therefore, it is very important to follow the rehabilitation plan designed by your doctor for your child.
Children generally recover better than adults. Proper diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation plan can therefore help reduce the risk of serious complications. Strokes in children may be different from those in adults and may require special care and rehabilitation to return to normal life.