Posted by: karry | 2009/10/23


Fainting in children

My 11 yr old son has had 2 episodes of feeling dizzy, then going semi-unconcious. He is aware you are there and what is going on around him, but is unable to open his eyes, or speak. His mouth hangs open, his breathing is shallow and erratic, he tremors, is hot to touch, but with goosebumps. When he starts to come round his speech is very slurred, and quiet. He is then extremely washed out and tired, and feels very sick.
The GP doesn' t know what is wrong and has referred him. His BP, Blood sugars and pulse are fine afterward
Any ideas please

Expert's Reply



There are several possible causes for the symptoms which you describe so well here.The GP has excluded low blood sugar and also has checked his blood pressure. Your son may be having episodes called vaso-vagal attacks also known as vaso-vagal syncope which is due to a temporary reduction in the flow of oxygen carrying blood to the brain and is often caused by stress.Other important causes of these symptoms are various forms of epilepsy and inflammation of the heart muscle. Your son must be seen by a paediatrician and a clear diagnosis made to explain his symptoms.

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Posted by: Shelby | 2009/10/26

Hi Karry,

My son had similar symptoms and was diagnosed with Epilepsy. We had to go to Dr Lippert at Unitas Hospital in Pretoria who did an EEG and diagnosed it from a video clip that we took on our cell phone. He is 2 and a half and is taking 7 tablets a day, but has not had any repeat episodes.

Good luck, I hope you get a diagnosis fast as it is not nice to witness.

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