Clinical update

Childhood stroke

Summary and nursing implications of the latest updates to clinical practice.
Childhood stroke

Summary and nursing implications of the latest updates to clinical practice

Essential facts

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About 400 children in the UK experience stroke each year, leaving many with severe physical and mental impairments. Children may need long-term support, including physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, and support with education.

Many professionals and parents think that strokes affect only older people, and this mistaken belief can lead to delays in diagnosis and prompt treatment.

What’s new?

Better knowledge of the signs of childhood stroke among professionals and parents is needed to minimise the long-term effects of stroke, experts have said.

New multidisciplinary guidelines from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health state that children should receive quicker diagnosis and treatment.

Each child suspected of having a stroke should receive a scan within one hour of arriving at hospital, the


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