Fainting

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Fainting
Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness due to a drop in blood flow to the brain. The episode is usually brief lasting less than a couple of minutes and you recover from it quickly and completely.
The medical name for fainting is syncope.
If it is the first time a child has fainted it should be treated as a medical emergency in case there is an underlying medical condition.Possible causes:

  • Low blood sugar
  • Standing in one place for too long
  • Seizures
  • Sudden drop in blood pressure due to dehydration or bleeding
  • Standing up very suddenly from a lying position

Fainting can also be related to:

  • Emotional distress
  • Fear
  • Severe pain
Treatment:
  • Have the child lie down or sit down
  • Loosen belts, collars and restrictive clothing
  • Check for breathing
  • Have him place his head between his knees if sitting
  • Advise him to get up slowly after the event
  • If there is bleeding from an injury control the bleeding
  • Call 911 if he doesn’t regain consciousness within one minute
  • Start CPR if there is no breathing or signs of life and continue until trained medical help arrives or until the child regains consciousness