Dizziness In Children
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Dizziness in children is a disorder that affects them and produces the illusion of the surrounding spinning or revolving. It can be thought as a balance disorder. It affects the central nervous system and creates the illusory feeling of motion. The human brain processes numerous data and sensory information from organs like sensory nerves, eyes and ear. If the flow in this signal is interrupted, the brain malfunctions and a lack of balance takes place.

Dizziness In Children Symptoms

Feeling dizzy is among the commonest human experiences, but everyone interprets his or her experience in different words. Some children may complain of light headed ness. Others may feel that the room around them is moving round. When this sensation is accompanied by vomiting and nausea it is called vertigo.

In the majority of the cases, dizziness is nothing more than a trivial annoyance but if it is accompanied with some other symptoms, an inspection by a doctor becomes mandatory. If a child faints after feeling dizzy for several times, chances are there he or she is suffering from some undetected disease. The child should immediately be sent to a doctor for through examination.

Dizziness In Children Causes

The most familiar cause of dizziness among children is viral infections. Typically the infections that occur in the ear passage hamper the functioning of the ear’s innermost part. An ailment called Meniere's disease can affect the inner ear and lead to dizziness in children. Another prominent syndrome is BPPV or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo which can bring dizziness if the afflicted child moves his or her head suddenly. A child with a low blood pressure is more likely to feel the attacks of dizzy spells. Whatever be the reason this is an ailment which is particularly traumatic for a child.

When the blood supply to the brain is suspended for some reason momentarily, a person can feel the sensation of dizziness. This can happen when one is getting up from a sitting or lying posture. Certain medications used to regulate high blood pressure levels also lead to the sensation of dizziness. The panic attacks and anxiety along with hyperventilation can also lead to the feeling of dizziness in a child. This may happen with headaches. It is thus commonly seen that dizziness is a common ailment during examinations and other stressful situations.

The lesser known causes of dizziness in children are migraine, stress, carbon monoxide poisoning, drug treatments or anemia.

Dizziness In Children Treatments

The treatment for dizziness depends on the root cause of the syndrome. The treatment of BPPV has been found effective in most cases. In some cases, a repeat treatment is required to achieve optimum results. It is done to place the loose particles in the affected child’s ear to a location where they would not bring dizziness. These particles are then reabsorbed in the body fluids. The procedure has a high success rate of 90%.

The treatment for Meniere's disease is aimed at the reduction of a child’s body fluids. Often a low salt based diet works well. To improve the conditions of the inner ear, certain exercises can be performed under the guidance of an occupational therapist. The exercises can aid in restoring the balance of one’s body.

To avoid the attacks of vertigo related with vestibular migraine, the doctors recommend a patient to avoid the factors that cause the feeling. He might advise a child suffering from vertigo to refrain from taking some foods, reduce anxiety, follow a balanced sleep pattern and do some aerobic exercises.

The exercises help a person to improve his body balance. Certain medications can also be given to prevent the attack of vertigo. Apart from that a doctor may prescribe appropriate counseling to a child suffering from dizziness to give him relief. The modern life has packed human lives with stress and it does not even spare children. If a child is suffering from dizziness caused by stress it is imperative to find and eliminate the root cause of stress.

Proper rest, stress free and healthy lifestyle needs to be advocated for a child in order to eliminate the problem of dizziness.

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i have a child 9 years old , she complains of dizziness after even little injury , then self treated , so what i do to her ?
#1 - maaz - 03/26/2011 - 23:31
I have a 5 year old daughter who is complaining of dizziness has had some nausea issues today and also has a fever. What could possibly be causing this?
#2 - Blair - 06/19/2011 - 18:29
hai i m suffering from giddiness problem .first attack vanthu 8th morning.next attack 8th midnight aduthu attack inniku morning athuku enna reason ,doctor kitta solli check panninom onnumillainu sollitaanga athuku enna reson nu theriyanum
#3 - nsaranya - 11/17/2011 - 09:00
hi, my 2 year old daughter cries and grab the floor she says the room is going round and round.she is having dizziness. she had a urine infection (E Coli) while she was 9 months old. she drinks very low water and wants chocolate all the time. any solution
#4 - rabi - 11/17/2011 - 09:43
I have a 12 year old son who always says he dissy but I don't know what to do so what should I do
#5 - Jaquan Frazier - 11/28/2011 - 08:39
My 12 yr old becomes dizzy daily and has p[@]ed out once. she drinks lots of water daily. Dr. is doing MRI, EEG, and EKG. What can I expect?
#6 - betty - 12/13/2011 - 19:09
Randomly today i feel dizzy off and on... im scared! cuz im scared of throughing up! im 11 years old but not to long ago i wokeup at 5 AM and had virdigo but it only lasted 5 minutes... whats wrong with me!
#7 - Mel - 02/26/2012 - 19:31
I have 18month boy sometimes he feel dizzy and vomit when he get up in the morning. What is this?
#8 - Ammar - 04/26/2012 - 06:02
My female child always complain of dizziness and eye pain
#9 - Herty Aryee - 07/14/2012 - 16:38
my son is 9 and he has been dealing with migraine headaches, and recently within the last week has been complaining about dizziness, we go see a nuerologisits in Dec., thank god
#10 - DuWayne - 11/22/2012 - 00:22
my 6yrs old child is complaining of dizziness had nausea and fever today
#11 - joy - 05/16/2013 - 12:04
My 10year old has been experiencing dizziness n earaches for the past two days even feeling nauseous
#12 - Tara - 12/21/2013 - 06:59
1year complet my baby.she was non stop crying. Adhavadu en kulandhai moochu vidamal 20 seconds alugiral.then guiddiness vandha mari agiral.idhu edhanal ipadi agiradhu.pls immediatly rply with me.
#13 - kathija - 08/17/2014 - 07:07
I have a 14 yr. old daughter who has been complaining of dizziness and headaches and also gets shaky. checked her blood sugar today when it happened and she was at 102. Any suggestions
#14 - Michelle - 08/17/2014 - 21:40
My daughter 7 years old. Last 3 Days she is complaining of dizzy in the morning only. Once she wakes up she ask for drinking water then after some time she gets dizzy and lays down for some time then she will become allright
#15 - Balu - 11/26/2014 - 02:27
I have a 14 year old daughter who thinks she has vertigo. She says that the back of her head is irritating her and that everything around her is spinning ,I found her laying down on the ground she woke up 30secs later. what could she have ?
#16 - michele - 12/04/2014 - 19:17
My son is nine, he keeps getting spells of dizziness in which he says the room is spinning and he gets very scared,he then gets anxious after that it will come back,he hasn't had any other symptoms with it and it doesn't seem to happen in any sort of pattern. He was sick once because of it but reading this thread,it seems to be a common occurrence amoungst growing children, he doesn't like healthy foods like most children but I wouldn't say he's anaemic just a picky eater, he gets over heated easily and also has adhd so maybe just exertion issues? I don't know whether or not he needs to see a doctor though?
#17 - Laura - 04/17/2015 - 14:54
I am 12 I don't drink much and every time I stand up I feel light headed and dizzy as if I might fall over my vision is fine tho
#18 - Anonymous - 07/19/2015 - 15:46
we have 18 old son is having dizziness since two years , doctors examined completely and thoroughly , said everything is fine, no problem in body. but still suffering....what to do
#19 - Ram - 07/31/2015 - 11:18
It took me 12 minutes to read the above diagnosis to my 13 yr old son who didn't take my advice that hours on his Xbox which meant unhealthy eating habits and sporadic sleeping habits was the cause of his 2 episodes of dizziness. As a single parent who obviously is not a doctor lol. This dad thanks you for sharing your knowledge and I hope other parents in my age group (46) remind your kids we played outside with lots of fresh air and exercise waiting for the street lights to come on.

#20 - kevin - 08/02/2015 - 00:05
I'm 12 years old, and last week I just automatically felt dizzy at school because when I would lean forward the room would go to the right and I felt so tired and my head hurt so bad, I had plenty of food and sleep though! I have no idea what's happening. Obviously it went away but then it came back that night, so I had to lay down..Also, I mostly eat junk food , I only have a little bit of healthy food once in awhile. My mom and grandma have trouble with their blood pressure, so they have to go to the doctors sometimes. Maybe it p[@]ed on to me?
#21 - Alicia - 09/12/2015 - 19:13
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