Vertigo (VER ti go) is the medical word for the feeling of spinning. Your child may feel like the world is moving, but there is no movement. These feelings come and go. They may last for seconds or for days. Your child may feel worse when changing positions, standing, rolling over, coughing, or sneezing. Vertigo can be caused by a problem inside the ear.
Vertigo is not contagious. You cannot get it from another person or give it to someone else.
You may see your child do some of the following:
Your child may feel some of the following:
There is no specific test for diagnosing vertigo. The tests that the doctor will do will depend on your child’s signs and symptoms.
Treatment for vertigo depends upon what is causing it. Most often, vertigo goes away without treatment. This is because the brain is able to adjust to changes in the inner ear.
Treatment may include:
To avoid getting hurt during an episode of vertigo, your child should not drive or use machines. Activities that involve climbing or hiking should also be avoided.
To prevent the symptoms from getting worse, your child should avoid sudden movement and changes in position. It is important to change positions slowly.
Vertigo in Children (PDF)
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