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Feb 13, 2014 7:41 AM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

New study finds link between infections and risk of stroke in children

A new study reveals a link between common infections and the risk of stroke in children.

Researchers compared the health of more than 300,000 children who had suffered a stroke to children with no history of strokes. The stroke group was six times more likely to have had an infection in the week before they had their stroke.

The most common types of infection were respiratory-related and colds. 41 percent of stroke patients had an active herpes infection, compared to only nine percent of their peers.

While it's rare for children to have strokes, it can happen, and it's vital you recognize the symptoms as quickly as possible.

A new study of 28 child stroke patients found while most parents were concerned, only half called 911. The average time from the beginning of symptoms to arrival at the emergency room was 1.8 hours, but some took as long as 24 hours.

Experts say parents with children who have conditions that increase stroke risk, like sickle cell disease or heart problems, should know the signs of a stroke and get help immediately.

Here are some symptoms parents should look for: sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; the person may experience sudden vision changes and have trouble speaking; confusion or trouble understanding simple statements; the person may have problems walking or balancing and get a sudden, severe headache.



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