Fainting and Unconsciousness

Fainting is common in adolescents especially females.  It occurs when standing quickly or for a long time especially in warm conditions or if one is ill and has not been drinking much fluid. Keep the child flat except elevate the child’s legs.  The patient usually will regain consciousness within 10-15  seconds.   After a few minutes, the patient can be given fluids and usually recovers fully.

Call the office if…

  1. Persistent headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting.
  3. Persistently dizzy.
  4. Repeated episodes of fainting within 24 hours.

Call 911 if…

  1. The child does wake up after 1 minute.
  2. Is unconscious for any other reason and does not wake up within 1 minute.