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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Identifying Syncope

09/03/2008

Question:

My son is 11 years old and complains that he suddenly felt as though things were moving in slow motion for a few seconds in school today. He says this happened twice today. I must also tell you that about 8 months ago I met with a terrible accident and when he came to see me in the ICU he fainted. That was the first time he ever fainted. Again about a week ago he fainted when I pulled him up for something wrong he had done. Is there cause for concern? Please advise.

Answer:

It sounds like your child is experiencing symptoms of syncope or “fainting spells” which is not uncommon in school age children, I would have him evaluated by your pediatrician.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati