Childhood stroke – what parents need to know

A clear, concise article by Dr Anne Gordon on behalf of the Stroke Association shares vital information on childhood stroke.

Published on the website parentinfo.org, the article highlights that around 400 children in the UK suffer a stroke every year. It then explains what a stroke is and the signs and effects stroke can have on a child. Dr Anne Gordon, consultant occupational therapist in paediatric neuroscience at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, says that when it comes to a stroke, every second counts. “Whatever age you are, the faster you get treated, the more of the brain you can save,” she says. “Although childhood stroke is relatively rare, knowing how to recognise it and acting quickly can make a huge difference to a child’s chances of survival and recovery.” The article also links to a very useful animation, produced for children, that explains in simple terms what a stroke is and how it can affect people.  This was created by Evelina London Children’s Hospital and the Stroke Association and is one of four films about childhood stroke. Earlier this year the updated Stroke in Childhood evidence-based clinical and parent guidelines were published. Highlighting the guidance specifically for parents and carers Dr Gordon says: “It is vital that parents, carers and teachers know that support is available and the new guidelines make it clear that children should be able to access rehabilitation, not just immediately after a stroke but also as their needs change long-term.”
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