Story by: Tricia N. Brown, APRN on February 5, 2018
Fainting, or passing out, is a brief or sudden loss of consciousness. It can happen quickly and resolve quickly. Many older children and teenagers faint during childhood. While fainting in children may not be serious, it might be a sign that your child should see a heart doctor (cardiologist).
Know what to look for so you can get the help your child may need
Check that the child is breathing normally and did not hit his or her head. If he or she isn’t breathing or is gasping for breath, call 911 and start CPR. Your child should be seen right away at an emergency department if they fainted during activity or if they are badly hurt. If your child seems OK after fainting, call your pediatrician. The doctor’s office will let you know if your child needs immediate care or if treatment can wait a few days.
Norton Children’s Medical Group has locations throughout Louisville and Southern Indiana.
While fainting usually is nothing serious and can be easily treated, sometimes it can be a symptom of a heart condition.
Your child should be seen by a pediatric cardiologist if:
Tricia N. Brown, APRN, is a nurse practitioner with UofL Physicians – Pediatric Cardiology and Norton Children’s Heart Institute Pediatric Advanced Heart Failure Program.