Be Fast

Stroke is an emergency at ANY age! All too often, the signs of stroke in children and teens are missed by families or are delayed or misdiagnosed by clinicians and emergency medical staff because of a lack of information. With this year’s pediatric stroke awareness campaign, we can begin to change that with your help!

We have made it easy for you to educate your friends, family, co-workers, teachers, school nurses, coaches, fireman, police, paramedics, healthcare providers, day care providers, and anyone else that should know what a stroke looks like in babies, children and teens.

Learn to quickly recognize the signs of stroke in children and teens with BE FAST for Kids.

If it looks like a stroke, THINK STROKE!

Call the emergency system in your country if you see a child with one or more of these symptoms:

B alance – Sudden severe dizziness or loss of coordination, difficulty walking
yes – Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes or double vision

ace – One side of the face drooping or numb. Uneven or lopsided smile
rm — One arm weak, numb or tingling
peech – Slurred speech, unable to speak or hard to understand
ime to call emergency services and get to a hospital

Additional signs in children:
Sudden severe headache, especially with vomiting and sleepiness
New onset of seizures, usually on one side of the body


The International Alliance for Pediatric Stroke recently partnered with the American Heart Association to create two new fact sheets that are meant to be shared and distributed.

Childhood Stroke Fact Sheet

Childhood Stroke Fact Sheet in Spanish

Perinatal/Infant Stroke Fact Sheet

Perinatal/Infant Stroke Fact Sheet in Spanish

You can also read and share the latest research and guidelines for symptoms and delays in strokes in children.

Headache far more common stroke symptom in children than adults “Stroke should be considered as a possible diagnosis in any child with a headache and additional symptoms of weakness or numbness (in the face, arm, or leg) or changes in walking, talking, or vision. Urgent brain imaging may be required to distinguish a migraine with aura from a stroke,” said Lori L. Billinghurst, M.D., M.Sc., lead author of the study, clinical assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, and a pediatric neurologist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Stroke Diagnosis in the Pediatric Emergency Department: An Ongoing Challenge,  Dr. Lauren A. Beslow, published online March 23, 2017 in the Stroke Journal of the American Heart Association.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Stroke Program: The Bare Essentials for Primary Care & ED Physicians. This two page fact sheet outlines at-a-glance signs and symptoms of childhood stroke, with the initial treatment guidelines. Excellent information for screening and triage.

Rapid response to kids’ stroke symptoms may speed diagnosis. Study fromLori Jordan, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. “Know the symptoms of stroke and consider the possibility of a stroke no matter what a person’s age and have your child rapidly evaluated.” ~Dr. Lori Jordan