A to Z Symptom: Faintingenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgIn most cases, fainting is not a sign of a dangerous problem, but should still be discussed with a doctor.faint, fainting, dizzy, dizzyness, dizziness, lightheaded, light headed, light-headed, syncope, pass out, passed out, passing out, unconscious, lose consciousness, speels, fits, fainted, swoon, swooned, feel faint, feel dizzy, a to z, symptoms, CD1Primary Care, CD1Neurology, CD1Cardiology01/24/201301/07/202001/07/20206862d0af-cdce-4c42-9d67-bb40f65f36f7https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-fainting.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dictionary/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-atoZDictionary-enBT.jpg" alt="A to Z Dictionary 500 Go" name="5093-P_ATOZDICTIONARY2_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><em>May also be called: Syncope; Swooning; Passing Out</em></p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <p>In most cases, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fainting.html/">fainting</a> &mdash; or syncope (SIN-ko-pee) &mdash; is not a sign of a dangerous problem.</p> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness. It happens when not enough blood reaches the brain due to a fall in blood pressure.</p> <p>Common causes include <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, a quick change in position, standing or sitting still for a long period, becoming overheated, hyperventilation (overbreathing), <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hypoglycemia.html/">low blood sugar</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/anemia.html/">anemia</a>, sudden fear of something (for example,&nbsp;the sight of blood), and some heart problems.</p> <p>Most cases have warning signs (such as a change in vision, dizziness, nausea, or stomach pain) that happen a few seconds before passing out.</p> <p><img title="illustration" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/illustrations/P-syncopeA-415x233-enIL.png" alt="Illustration" name="5017-SYNCOPE_A_ENIL.PNG" /></p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>Fainting in children, especially teens, is common but shouldn't be ignored. Discuss it with your doctor, especially if it happens during exertion (exercising, running, etc.) or happens often.</p> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>When warning signs of fainting happen, quickly sitting down, dropping the head between the knees, or lying down on the floor may help avoid a loss of consciousness. Then, gradually get up after the dizzy feeling has passed.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
Breath-Holding SpellsKids who have these spells hold their breath until they pass out. Although upsetting to watch, the spells are not harmful and do not pose any serious, long-term health risks.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/spells.html/49634d91-5687-405e-adac-d5effae5eb6c
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
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