Pediatric Stroke and Recovery

Child in swimming class with adult

Will my child get better?

Each child recovers differently from stroke. Prompt medical treatment and rehabilitation therapy can maximize recovery. In general, younger people recover more abilities than older people.

What are the effects of stroke? 

The effects of stroke in a child are generally the same as in an adult. The most common effects are:

  • Hemiparesis (weakness on one side of the body), or hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body).
  • One-sided neglect (unilateral neglect), which causes the stroke survivor to ignore or forget their weaker side.
  • Aphasia (difficulty with speech and language), or dysphagia (trouble swallowing).
  • Decreased field of vision and trouble with visual perception.
  • Loss of emotional control and changes in mood.
  • Cognitive changes or problems with memory, judgment and problem-solving.
  • Behavior changes or personality changes, improper language or actions.