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shynee32 10-10-2012 07:55 PM

6 year old's eyes roll back and loses balance
Starting around when my daughter, now 6 and in 1st grade, started Kindergarten(she had already had a year of school in PreK)-she would be talking and her eyes would roll up(not back in her head), and she would at the same time seem to lose her balance and fall backward, but she wouldn't fall down, she would catch herself. She still does it, but like tonight she did it when I was getting her ready for her bath and taking her shirt off over her head and she fell back and almost fell in the tub.

It isn't getting worse, but it isn't getting better. We asked her teachers and they said she doesn't do it at school.

Does anyone have any ideas of what is causing this, and should I have her see the doctor about it? I really have no idea of where to start, so I am starting here.

Thank you for your help.

ladybud 10-10-2012 08:45 PM

Re: 6 year old's eyes roll back and loses balance
She could be having a type of petite mal seizure. I would definitely have her see a Dr, preferrably a neurologist. Relay any pertinent info like how often it occurs, how she seems afterward, does it occur right in the middle of a coversation, activity, and how long she seems to be affected by it during and after. Any tendency to drop something in her hand, any jerking or abnormal sounds. Does she seem aware of it or does she pick up right where she left off. Any history of head trauma or brain injury related to birth, early childhood? You may need to start with her pediatrician if you need a referral.

shynee32 10-10-2012 09:03 PM

Re: 6 year old's eyes roll back and loses balance
Thank you, ladybud. A typical example is she's running around playing, and she comes to tell me something and as she's talking her eyes roll up and she tips back on her heels for a second-she will stop talking for a second while this happens-and she just continues right on with what she was saying. Nothing else strange happens. If we don't say anything, she doesn't even realize she's doing it. It doesn't last very long at all. But, it happens several times a day. I'm going to call her regular doctor tomorrow. The only thing that sucks is that we're in the country, and seeing a specialist means a lot of driving and taking her out of school a lot.

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