Does vestibular dysfunction affect children differently than adults?


Vestibular dysfunction is much less common in children than in adults. Ear infections, one of the primary causes of vestibular dysfunction, is more common in children than in adults, though, which is a fact that parents should keep in mind. When children do have the symptoms of vestibular dysfunction, they might have trouble describing them or may not understand what is going on.

There are also two kinds of vestibular disorders that only occur in children: childhood paroxysmal vertigo (also known as migraine equivalent) and paroxysmal torticollis of infancy. Symptoms of these conditions include vertigo, nausea, vomiting. Paroxysmal torticollis may also involve head-tilting.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.

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