Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Racoon | 2011-08-31


6 year-old fainted - very concerned!

Dear Prof

Had a big fright this morning. Our 6 year-old was at school pasting paperflowers when he suddenly had severe pain in his head, and had to lie down. He became extremely pale, felt cold and clammy, and says everything looked silver and pink to him. The teacher gave him a sweet and some water, and a few minutes later he was feeling better. We took him to the pediatrician about an hour later and he found nothing, and is also quite stumped at what may have happened. He did have a good breakfast of egg and weetbix. The only other thing is that on Monday he was tackled at school and hit his forehead on the ground although he has no bruise but some little marks from the dirt. He was neurologically complete sound according to the paed. I would appreciate your take on this very much! Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Normally I would not be too concerned about this incident which may just be a vaso-vagal episode or faint although it is not common in boys of this age. However,with his history of a head injury on Monday I think that we should take note of this.There is always the concern about a possible bleed inside the skull or in the brain particularly a condition known as a subarachnoid haemorrhage.The signs of this kind of event may not be easily detectable early on with a neurological examination. You should carefully observe your son for any drowsiness,changes in his speech, loss of appetite, headache or nausea. If you are at all worried about him take him to an emergency medical clinic.

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Posted by: Shoes | 2011-09-01

Hi Racoon,

My 2.5 year old son also fainted at school. One moment he was on his chair, the next moment he was on the floor. He was very drowsy afterwards and wanted to sleep. This eventually was diagnosed as Epilepsy as it went to to actual fits. He kept losing his balance and falling for no reason.

Hope you come right.

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