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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Identifying Syncope



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.


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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Floyd R Sallee, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati