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Health Alert: Kid's colds and strokes

Updated: Wednesday, August 20 2014, 05:31 PM EDT
CINCINNATI (Liz Bonis) -- A study released in the Journal Neurology showed colds and other minor infections may at least temporarily increase stroke risk in children.

Pediatricians at the Cleveland Clinic said the study found that it was mainly upper respiratory infections that raise a child's temporary stroke risk.  The risk was highest the first three days after the infection.

Researchers found this out by looking at a database of more than two and a half million children.  They said about one in 10 who had a stroke (an injury to the brain) had visited a doctor for an infection within three days before the stroke occurred.  Experts stress the risk was still extremely low but it's important parents know about the risk for stroke with symptoms like a cold or upper respiratory infection.

Researchers were not sure why but this study according to Cleveland Clinic doctors suggested that it may have to do with the way the blood clots and the inflammation in the body.

If infection symptoms seem to get worse instead of better in a short amount of time a child should see a pediatrician as soon as possible.



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