A to Z Symptom: Dizzinessenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgDizziness refers to feelings of lightheadedness, vertigo, or disequilibrium.dizziness, giddiness, lightheadedness, faintness, vertigo, disequilibrium, spinning sensation, loss of balance, unsteady, imbalanced, low blood pressure, vestibular disorder, central vestibular disorder, BBPV, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo09/06/201304/01/201909/02/20190b457eea-31ed-4560-9179-81db83fe7b71https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-dizziness.html/<p>Dizziness refers to feelings of lightheadedness, vertigo, or disequilibrium:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Lightheadedness can make someone feel as if he or she is about to <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-fainting.html/">faint</a>.</li> <li>Vertigo is the sensation that surroundings are spinning or moving.</li> <li>Disequilibrium can make a person&nbsp;feel unsteady and off balance.</li> </ul> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The causes of dizziness are wide-ranging. Lightheadedness is often the result of a drop in blood pressure (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hypotension-orthostatic.html/">orthostatic hypotension</a>) or not enough blood flow from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heart.html/">heart</a>. Heart problems, stroke, internal bleeding, and shock can all contribute. Lightheadedness also can happen with viruses, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hypoglycemia.html/">low blood sugar</a>, allergies, and dehydration.</p> <p>Vertigo is usually associated with a vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of the balance organs of the inner ear) or central vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of one or more parts of the central nervous system that help process balance and spatial information). Inflammation, fluid build-up, and infections of the inner ear are common causes of vertigo, along with a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-migraine.html/">migraines</a>.</p> <p>Finally, disequilibrium, or loss of balance, can be caused by inner ear problems; joint, muscle, or sensory disorders; neurological conditions; and even some medicines.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Dizziness can sometimes be the sign of a more serious health problem, so it's important to get medical help for repeated dizzy spells. How a doctor treats dizziness will depend upon its cause and specific symptoms.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
A to Z Symptom: FaintingIn most cases, fainting is not a sign of a dangerous problem, but should still be discussed with a doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-fainting.html/6862d0af-cdce-4c42-9d67-bb40f65f36f7
A to Z: MigraineA migraine is a recurring headache that often causes nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-migraine.html/515f2cbe-64cc-4131-a962-ee57f1f8c113
A to Z: Orthostatic HypotensionLearn about orthostatic hypotension, an abnormal drop in blood pressure that occurs when someone moves from sitting or lying down to standing up.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-hypotension-orthostatic.html/47c54b8e-5dd2-4645-a97c-3d6084efa683
Balance DisordersMost kids stumble and fall from time to time, but a child who continually loses his or her balance might have a balance disorder.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/balance-disorders.html/cdc73db6-2d41-4f39-8fa7-0505e222aaf9
DehydrationDehydration is when the amount of water in the body has dropped too low. Read about what causes dehydration, what it does to your body, and how to prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/dehydration.html/4dbb09f6-59a5-4398-a00e-944efd28f3d3
Ear InjuriesEar injuries not only can affect a child's hearing, but sense of balance too. That's because our ears also help keep us steady on our feet.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ear-injuries.html/6fc83c4f-3990-4df7-8894-4bc49079f617
FaintingFainting is pretty common in teens. The good news is that most of the time it's not a sign of something serious.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/fainting.html/39ee89ff-e68b-438a-ad17-4ec77092ccc5
First Aid: FaintingFainting is a loss of consciousness that can be caused by many things. Here's what to do if your child faints or is about to faint.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fainting-sheet.html/b8ba5e0a-d99a-4baa-bbc6-7343aa8af606
First Aid: Heat IllnessIn hot weather, a child's internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/heat-exhaustion-heatstroke-sheet.html/189b747c-b9ae-4c05-a5c8-d69de8fd777b
HypoglycemiaWhen blood glucose levels drop too low, it's called hypoglycemia. Very low blood sugar levels can cause severe symptoms that require immediate treatment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hypoglycemia.html/a5a7783c-d631-4896-baa4-6f28cc0d82bd
Migraine HeadachesIf you've ever had a migraine, you know that these headaches can cause severe pain and other symptoms. Read about migraine causes, treatments, prevention tips, and lots more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/migraines.html/70b47d42-2516-4e56-926a-99a5a7cc6e6d
Ototoxicity (Ear Poisoning)Ototoxicity is when a person develops hearing or balance problems. Learn about this side effect of taking certain medicines.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ototoxicity.html/a495c00c-5970-4639-84ac-11dd44f374b6
StrokesThis "brain attack" happens when blood flow to the brain stops, even for a second. Often, kids who have a stroke can learn to use their arms and legs and speak again through brain retraining.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strokes.html/5539d27a-a31c-459d-9bfc-94b934761cda
What Is Hypoglycemia?Lots of people wonder if they have hypoglycemia, but the condition is not common in teens. Get the facts on hypoglycemia.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/hypoglycemia.html/68e1b77a-ed33-44fb-b4d2-acd4b5bd7f7f
When Blood Sugar Is Too LowWhen blood glucose levels drop too low, it's called hypoglycemia. Very low blood sugar levels can cause severe symptoms that need to be treated right away.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/blood-sugar-low.html/c07944f1-52e3-4d8f-8145-1cd35c261cd3
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