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Fainting

07/13/2009

Question:

WHAT WOULD CAUSE MY GRANDDAUGHTER AGE 10 TO FAINT AFTER FEELING A LIGHT NUMBNESS IN HER FACE AND A SWEETNESS IN HER MOUTH?

Answer:

Thank you for your message about fainting in young children.  Syncope in children in adolescents can be quite common and according to a pediatric journal from 1999 as many as 15% of children will faint at some time in childhood or adolescence.  There are serious and non-serious reasons for fainting.  The serious reasons are most often related to heart problems with either an electrical problem with the heart or a structural problem with the heart.  The less serious reasons have to do with position changes such as standing up quickly or common fainting that is brought on by a stressful situation. Your grandchild should be evaluated to ensure they have no serious reasons for fainting, please use the information above to have an open discussion with her health care provider.

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Response by:

Allison A Macerollo, MD Allison A Macerollo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University