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Re: 9 Vaso Vagal Scares With my 5 Year Old

From: Suzette


I agree with MaryLee. If you can't find a specialist, make sure you son has had an EEG, ECG and an MRI to rule out seizures, heart trouble and anything else that may be causing him to pass out. But it sounds like it could very well be VV to me.

Teach him how to live with it. Have him move his legs around and help "pump" the blood back up toward his heart and brain to try and stop an attack. Lie down and lower his head while raising his feet. Or show him how to sqaut down close to the ground if he feels it coming on quickly (he won't fall so far). Increase his fluids and salt intake, if he is getting dehydrated. Watch for his "triggers": heat, eating a meal, anxiety, standing in one place too long, etc. It's slightly different for everyone.

If all other serious possiblities have been ruled out, then try to relax. It can be lived with! Good luck!

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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