Norton Children’s board-certified and fellowship-trained neurologists and neurosurgeons are the leading providers of stroke care in Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the pediatric teaching hospital for the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Our physicians have expertise in their fields and are training the next generation of pediatric specialists.

We’ll determine the cause of your child’s stroke and create a treatment plan that minimizes risk so your child can get back to being a kid.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a medical emergency where blood flow to the brain is blocked or there is bleeding on the brain. Without blood flow, oxygen cannot get to the brain tissue, and it begins to die.

Strokes can affect a person at any age, but are much more common in older adults.

If you think your child may be having a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Stroke symptoms in babies

Symptoms of strokes in babies may be subtle. They may develop low muscle tone or floppiness, lethargy or sleepiness, seizures, or apnea or breathing pauses.

Also, strokes in babies may go unrecognized for hours or days. Symptoms that might appear during this time include seizures, weakness on one side of the body, developmental delays or abnormal muscle tone.

Stroke symptoms in children

In children, stroke symptoms may include weakness or numbness in part of the body, such as the face, arm or leg; difficulty speaking or understanding someone else speaking to them; loss of vision or double vision; balance issues; or sudden onset severe headache.

Stroke risk factors

Babies, young children, adolescents and adults have different risk factors for stroke.

The following may increase risk for strokes in newborns:

  • Abnormalities of the placenta
  • Infection and delivery complications
  • Complications during the perinatal period (the time just before birth and one to four weeks after)

In children, the risks include:

  • Abnormal blood vessels (arteriovenous malformations, cavernous malformations, aneurysms, moyamoya, etc.)
  • Blood conditions (sickle cell, thrombophilia or easy clotting, hemophilia)
  • Cancer
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Head or neck trauma
  • Infection
  • Lupus
  • Vasculitis
  • Dehydration and the use of certain medications (chemotherapies, oral contraceptives

Stroke treatment

Getting your child to the emergency department as soon as possible is important so our team can administer specific medication that can treat certain forms of strokes.

During poststroke care in the acute setting, your child typically will be admitted to the intensive care unit, where our team will closely monitor him or her and make additional evaluations.

Our team

Shervin R. Dashti, M.D.

Elizabeth S. Doll, M.D.

William C. Gump, M.D.

Arpita Lakhotia, M.D.

Karen M. Moeller, M.D.

Thomas M. Moriarty, M.D., Ph.D.

Ian S. Mutchnick, M.D.

Vinay Puri, M.D.

Michael L. Sweeney, M.D.

Tom L. Yao, M.D.


Contact Us

Connect to the Norton Children’s Hospital Neurology team
(502) 588-3650

Connect with Norton Children’s Neurosurgery team
(502) 583-1697

Orthopedics – 5678

Contact Us

Connect with Norton Children’s Orthopedics of Louisville.

(502) 394-5678

Family discovers child’s brain tumor after routine eye checkup

Three-year-old Apphia Rosenthal started a regular day last summer eating eggs and chatting with her parents. She was excited about what color glasses she would choose if she needed them (she was thinking something in […]

Read Full Story

Why you should ask your nurses or doctors to clean their hands

We often give reminders to our kids and family members about washing their hands. After all, it’s a do-it-yourself vaccine that can help prevent flu and other disease, and keep infections at bay. Did you […]

Read Full Story

Revolutionary CAR-T cell therapy for leukemia treatment coming to Louisville

Kids with leukemia in the Louisville area soon will be able to get the next big advance in treatment, a revolutionary immunotherapy known as CAR-T (chimeric antigen receptor T cells) therapy. In CAR-T therapy, a […]

Read Full Story

Pilot School-based Telemedicine Program available to JCPS students at select schools

Thanks to a new collaboration between Norton Healthcare and Jefferson County Public Schools, students at three schools have access to online medical care while at school. The pilot School-based Telemedicine Program allows a child to […]

Read Full Story

7 questions to ask before your child gets general anesthesia

If your child needs surgery that will involve general anesthesia, it’s important to know that pediatric patients have unique needs.   Their brains and bodies are still developing, and administering anesthesia to pediatric patients is […]

Read Full Story

Search our entire site.