Pediatric Vertigo (Dizziness)

Pediatric Vertigo (Dizziness)

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Summary

Vertigo, or dizziness, happens when there is a problem in your child’s brain or inner ear that affects their balance.

Expanded overview

Vertigo is a condition that causes your child to feel dizzy. Vertigo is more common in adults, but can happen to children. Your child may feel like they are spinning even when they stand still, or they may feel as if the world around them is spinning. 

Vertigo happens when there is a problem in the brain or inner ear that affects your child’s balance. Usually, vertigo is a side effect of another minor condition, such as sinus congestion from a cold. However, vertigo could indicate a more serious problem, so it’s important to have your child examined.

Causes

Vertigo in children may be caused by:

Symptoms

Symptoms of vertigo in a child may include:

  • Abnormal eye movements (called nystagmus)
  • Clumsiness
  • Confusion
  • Delayed or lost motor skills
  • Difficulty walking straight
  • Dizziness
  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine
  • Motion sickness when the child is not in motion 
  • Nausea or vomiting 
  • Poor balance
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)

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