Vertigo is a disorder of the sense of balance that can be triggered by many reasons. It is less common among children, although of course, cases can occur.
We explain what are the causes and symptoms of vertigo in childhood and what are the differences between vertigos and dizziness or anguish.
For a boy It is not at all easy to understand the difference between vertigo and dizziness. A child feels that 'things are moving' when perhaps it is a brief dizziness that makes him perceive reality in a distorted way. However, vertigo and dizziness are different. Vertigo is a loss of the sense of balance, while dizziness is a lightheadedness and feeling of 'bad body'. Often, however, symptoms are shared.
The main symptom of vertigo in children is that feeling that 'the world is moving'. Along with this feeling, these other symptoms occur:
- Nausea. Feeling of wanting to vomit.
- Ringing in the ear.
- Double vision.
The truth is that children they tend to use the word dizziness more to describe what they feel when they have vertigo, anxiety, stress ... or when they are nervous. You can help him differentiate them by explaining what the symptoms of vertigo are:
Between the most frequent causes from vertigo in childhood is it so:
1. Otitis media. In fact, almost 80% of children under 3 years of age with vertigo and dizziness problems are due to problems with otitis in the middle ear. In this case, the treatment goes through the prescription of an antibiotic and sometimes, a surgical intervention to place a drain in the ear.
2. Migraines. In slightly older children (from the age of 7), severe headaches or migraines can also be accompanied by dizziness or vertigo that appears sporadically in the middle of a migraine attack. Lack of sleep and stress can be related to severe migraines.)
3. Benign paroxysmal vertigo. It supposes an imbalance that causes an episode of vertigo in the child. It usually occurs between 2 and 3 years. There are no headaches, no nausea. It just appears dizzy for a few seconds. It's that 'feeling of falling'. The child may get scared and try to hold on to something, but the sensation lasts for a short time and quickly returns to normal. This is the second leading cause of vertigo in children, and it disappears with age. In fact, this type of vertigo is very rare to find in children older than 7 years. It is usually related to poor posture or a torticollis. The majority of children who suffer from these vertigo when they are young, later have episodes of migraines.
4. Vision problems. When there is a vision problem, the child experiences severe vertigo or dizziness every time he has to strain to see. This also leads to a headache.
There are many other possible causes of vertigo, but they are less frequent in children. For example, dizziness can occur due to an episode of epilepsy, or after a head injury, due to some medications or injury to the inner ear.
You can read more articles similar to Causes and symptoms of vertigo in childhood, in the Health on site category.