Infant Stroke Symptoms - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/18/08

Infant Stroke Symptoms

Most adults have been taught how to spot symptoms of stroke.  But did you know that it could happen to an infant?  Usually occurring within the first two months of life, one in every 4000 infants will suffer from a stroke.  When it happens, it does not look the same as it does in adults.

That is why the American Heart Association has just issued its first statement on identifying an infant with a stroke.  The AHA says the first sign is often a seizure in one arm or leg.  There's a long list of reasons why it could happen - from trouble during the mother's pregnancy to dehydration in the child. 

But, just like adults, the AHA says a healthy diet and exercise is the best way to help prevent stroke in children.

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