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Re: My nine year old daughter has had two Vaso-Vagal episodes.



I'm sure you'll find the posts above helpful in seeing what is possibly happening with your daughter. She's young and VV seems to be something that a lot of people go through and then it never bothers them again. Hopefully that's the case with your daughter. I'm no doctor so don't quote me. But, what the doctors are going to tell you before trying medicine is to increase her fluid and salt intake. For some reason VV episodes can easily be brought on by even slight dehydration. Gatorade is an excellent choice because it is full of salts and rehydrates quickly. I carry a water bottle with me everywhere I go and I salt my food (not way too much, but more than I used to). Also, and this seems to be important to me, DO NOT go for long periods without eating. She doesn't have to eat big meals all day, just in between meals a salty snack like ritz-bitz or pretzels. Usually (not always) these episodes happen in the morning which is when you've gone the longest without eating. Its not that VV has only to do with eating and drinking enough though. These things seem to help most people though. Here's a link that helped me understand it a lot better:

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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