Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Signs of a stroke in an infant

Strokes in infants can be difficult to diagnose. A baby can't tell you what's wrong or if something feels weird or hurts. Most infants aren't diagnosed until they show developmental delays or an early hand preference. My niece was lucky. She was diagnosed quite early.

Here are a few of the signs of a pediatric stroke
  • Seizures on one side of the body
  • Apnea
  • Early hand preference (before 10months)
  • Poor feeding
  • Gross motor development delays
  • Restricted movement in arms and legs
  • Delays in language development
In older children, symptoms include seizures or sudden paralysis of one side of the body.

All of this information can be found on the CHASA Website and on Kids Have Strokes.

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