Nina Solenski, MD, Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, describes what signs or symptoms occur if your child suffers a stroke
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Host: What signs or symptoms occur if your child suffers from a stroke? Dr. Nina Solenski: It's important that you observe what they are doing as a normal part of their development. Some of the signs can be due to weakness for example, so they maybe dragging a leg or you may see that their face is drooped. Those are motor symptoms or signs. The other things could be an abnormality in their vision, so they may not be focused on you the way that you think that they should be. Some of it is difficult especially when they are young children. For example they can have numbness on one side of the body that they may not be able to identify or maybe you notice that they are not reacting correctly to the normal stimulus, such as hot water or something that they would normally recognize. The most important thing is that they need immediate help. If you think that they are having those symptoms, you need to call 911 immediately because there are some treatments that children can take advantage of and that they have to be given in a very time sensitive window.