Kids And Stroke

NBC10 Philadelphia

On average, it takes 12 to 24 hours for adults to get to the hospital after recognizing the first symptom of stroke. That time shoots to 48 to 72 hours for children.

This delay occurs mostly due to the widespread belief that strokes don't happen to children. Chicken pox, croup, ear infections -- these are the things we associate with sick children. Not stroke.

Yet a small but meaningful percentage of children do have strokes, and the causes are dramatically different from those in adults.

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