Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Nic | 2010-11-01

Q.

Dizzy daughter

Hello Doc, my daugther aged nearly 10 stayed home this morning from school due to her feeling slightly dizzy after she woke up and started her morning routine. She has no headache, fever, ear ache or stomach ache - nothing apparent. She apparently feels a lot better now. I am concerned as this has never happened before and what if it happens again and is worse and she maybe faints and hurts herself? She is a very healthy little girl and currently going through puberty. Many thanks for your time.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is difficult to answer your question completely without being able to see your daughter. You have given a very good description of her problem of dizziness. Apart from the dizziness she seems to be a very healthy young girl.With her entering puberty has she started menstruating yet? It would be worthwhile asking your GP to check her just to be sure that she is not anaemic and also that her blood sugar level is normal. She should have a full blood count test done as well as a fasting blood sugar test.The test should be done in the morning before she has eaten breakfast. You may have to take her on a Saturday morning when she does not have to go to school.

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