Perinatal Stroke Infographic


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Perinatal Infographic

American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Together to End Stroke Life is why

Did you know? A stroke can happen to infants and unborn babies Perinatal Stroke:

  • Usually occurs between the middle of pregnancy and delivery
  • Warning Signs and symptoms Newborns
  • Seizures - Repetitive twitching of face, arm or leg
  • Apnea [pauses in breathing] associated with staring
  • Lethargy, poor feeding

Developing Babies

  • Decreased movement or weakness on one side of the body
  • Showing a hand preference before one year of age
  • Developmental delays

What to do?

  • Newborns – alert medical team/emergency services for possible signs of stroke
  • Developing Babies – diagnosis requires early recognition of hand preference, developmental delays or decreased movement on one side of the body.

Consult with child’s healthcare team which may include a pediatric neurologist. An MRI of the brain is usually required.

Risk Factors The cause in most perinatal strokes remains unknown. Some factors that could lead to stroke include:

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Disorders of the placenta
  • Acute blood clotting disorders Infections

Facts Less than 1% of children with perinatal stroke will go on to have more strokes Recurrence in subsequent pregnancies is also very rare – less than 1% Affects about 1 in 2000 live births 60% will have permanent neurological deficits, which may include: one-sided weakness, epilepsy, speech and language difficulties, visual impairments, learning and memory problems, behavior changes

Learn more at and Sources: International alliance for Pediatric Stroke