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Health Information For Parents
Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness that happens when there isn’t enough blood going to the brain because of a drop in blood pressure. Blood pressure can drop from dehydration, a quick change in position, standing or sitting still for a long period, or a sudden fear of something (such as the sight of blood).
It’s important to get medical care to figure out what brought on the fainting episode and help prevent it from happening again.
Whether your child is about to faint or already fainted: loosen tight clothing, make sure the area is well-ventilated, wipe your child’s face with a cool washcloth, and don’t let him or her stand or walk until feeling much better.
If your child seems about to faint:
If your child has fainted:
Make sure kids:
Find out what the experts have to say.
Lots of people wonder if they have hypoglycemia, but the condition is not common in teens. Get the facts on hypoglycemia.
Kids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.
Fainting is pretty common in teens. The good news is that most of the time it’s not a sign of something serious.
Although most result in mild bumps and bruises, some falls can cause serious injuries that need medical attention.
In most cases, fainting is not a sign of a dangerous problem, but should still be discussed with a doctor.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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