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Syncope in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 3, 2024.

What is syncope?

Syncope is also called fainting or passing out. Syncope is a sudden, temporary loss of consciousness, followed by a fall from a standing or sitting position. Syncope is usually not a serious problem, and children usually recover quickly after an episode. Syncope can sometimes be a sign of a medical condition that needs to be treated.

What causes or increases my child's risk for syncope?

Syncope may happen when your child holds his or her breath. The following are other common causes in children:

What signs and symptoms may happen before a syncope episode?

How is the cause of syncope diagnosed?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask about your child's symptoms and when they started. He or she may ask what triggers your child's syncope. Your child may need any of the following tests:

How is syncope treated?

Your child does not need medicine or other treatments for his or her syncope. The symptoms will go away on their own when blood flow returns to normal. He or she may need any of the following medicines to prevent syncope from happening again:

What can I do to manage my child's syncope?

How can I help my child prevent syncope?

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's healthcare provider?

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