Resources: Education and Awareness

In honor of World Stroke Day 2019, we want to ensure that the awareness and education grows for pediatric stroke. Early diagnosis is critical and will dramatically impact long-term outcomes. We encourage you to share these materials and information with family, friends, co-workers, teachers, school nurses, coaches, fireman, police, paramedics, healthcare providers, day care providers, and anyone else that should know what stroke looks like in babies, children, and teens. #ThinkStroke #AtAnyAge

Management of Stroke in Neonates and Children: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, 2019
Much has transpired since the last scientific statement on pediatric stroke was published in 2008. Although stroke has long been recognized as an adult health problem causing substantial morbidity and mortality, it is also an important cause of acquired brain injury in young patients, occurring most commonly in the neonate and throughout childhood. The section starting on page 5 of the document, “Childhood Stroke, Approach to a Suspected Stroke in a Child” highlights the need for this year’s Think Stroke…At Any Age campaign.

A Stroke Can Happen At Any Age: Alex’s story
Video created in partnership with the American Stroke Association. Alex’s mom who is an EMT, didn’t recognize the symptoms of stroke in her 11-year-old son. But she is now educating other EMS in her community.

Lelaina (Laney) Jaymes Fitzsimons

Laney’s Story: The Problem of Delayed Diagnosis of Pediatric Stroke
Parent advocacy groups and collaborations of pediatric stroke specialists work to improve recognition of pediatric stroke through research, social media campaigns, and education. These groups are often born of tragedy: a patient suffers a devastating stroke, and a physician turns her efforts to champion the field while a parent rallies families to advocate for improved recognition of a shared diagnosis. In this case, the death of a bright, beautiful 4-year-old girl inspires a family to dedicate her legacy to this noblest of causes: spreading her story so that someone else’s child may live. Published by American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019

Children are more likely to report a headache at stroke onset than adults. This graphic uses “Terrible Headache” instead of “Time” to better understand stroke signs in children and teens.

The Bare Essentials for Primary Care & ED Physicians
Pediatric Stroke Care: the Bare Essentials for Primary Care and ED Physicians. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 2013

Stroke in Children: Recognizing Opportunities for Improving Care
Focused updates on stroke in children. Dr. Lori Jordan, 2019

Pediatric Stroke: A Review
Despite an increased incidence of pediatric stroke, there is often a delay in diagnosis, and cases may still remain under- or misdiagnosed. Understanding that children with strokes present differently than adults and often present with unique risk factors will optimize outcomes in children. From the Emergency Medicine International Journal, 2011