Vertigo In Children

Vertigo can be likened to the spinning sensation that a child gets when they are on a merry-go-round. It is a persistent dizziness that can affect perception, mobility and quality of life.  A child is most likely to experience vertigo when they have an infection in the inner part of the ear. Such an infection may affect the child’s balance. When a child experiences prolonged instances of vertigo, it may be because of other conditions or illnesses.

Vertigo is not as common in children, as it is in adults. Such a condition may be distressing to the child regardless of their age. A parent will first notice that the child has become clumsy, as their coordination has been affected. It is advisable to seek medical attention for such an illness, especially since it may lead to injuries due to the child’s balance being disrupted. 

Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo can affect children who have an eardrum issue. It will cause dizziness since the body gets its sense of balance from the vestibular system located in the inner part of the ear. Most of the eardrum issues that bring about vertigo are commonly related to minor illnesses. Once the minor illness is treated, the vertigo naturally goes away.

The Main Causes of Vertigo Include:

  • Inner ear disorders- these may include common infections and complications.
  • Middle ear infection- a thick fluid may build up in the eardrum. The child’s balance will be affected because the fluid may be pressing in the inner part of the ear.
  • Concussions or any other form of head trauma.
  • Migraines- motion sickness can accompany this headache disorder, triggering vertigo. 

Other symptoms that children suffering from vertigo may experience include nystagmus (a condition of involuntary eye movement) and nausea. If you’ve ever experienced vertigo, you know how unpleasant it can be. Children with vertigo may have trouble understanding what is going on, and may exhibit frustration or disruptive behavior, as a result. They may need extra grace and patience during this time. If your child is experiencing vertigo, please give us a call and set up a visit. We are here to help keep your family healthy.