Monday, May 2, 2011

Pediatric Stroke Awareness

May is Pediatric Stroke Awareness Month.

Pediatric strokes impact the lives of six in 100,000 children.  It is one of the top ten causes of death in children and causes many neurological problems.

Pediatric strokes do not discriminate against race or age and even affects while a baby is still in the womb. 

This is what happened to our sweet Autumn.  She suffered a stroke to her spinal cord while still in the warmth of the womb and as a result is paraplegic.

The causes of stroke for children are far different than those in adults. 

The Ischemic stroke occurs due to blockage of an artery.  This is usually because of a blood clot. 

The other type of stroke affecting children is known as the hemorrhagic stroke.  This occurs when a blood vessel in the brain breaks open or develops a hole.

The results of strokes in children are many of the same results we see in adults.  The intensity of the stroke and area affected determine the long term effects.  The difference seen in children, however, is that children's brain are still developing.  This allows for other areas of the brain to "take over" and "make new connections" in relation to development.

In honor of Pediatric Stoke Awareness Month, lets spread the word!  Pediatric stoke has probably effected someone you know.  Read the literature.  Brush up on the research.  Share your knowledge and get the word out.

Share the blue and purple this month!

For more information on Pediatric Stroke check here or here.

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