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Fainting/black out episode

I had a terrible scare yesterday, my 12 yr old daughter came into the kitchen stopped at the door way, looked to her right, her face went blank and she melted/collapsed to the floor, I ran over to her she was laying flat  and her body jerked, I thought she was going to convulse, but when I touched her she sat up complained her foot hurt (she hit it on the way down) but said she had just blacked out, like no big deal. She said this has happened before, that she just stood up to fast.  She also hadn't eaten. This scared the hell out of me, what is going on with my baby?
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It could be low blood sugars as well. I would have her checked out to rule out anything serious :)
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It's hard to tell from just an episode of syncope. It could be because she hadn't eaten, it could be because she was overheated, or it could be something is going on with her. I suffered from a similar thing about 4 years ago, except I went into the doctor because I thought I had gotten a concussion and got an MRI done and found out that I had a type of brain tumor that had hemorrhaged which caused me to pass out. I'm not saying this is what is wrong with your daughter, but I would keep close eye on her and maybe get her into the doctor to see if maybe she could even have a vitamin deficiency (maybe make sure she is eating more iron -- by taking supplements or eating foods with high iron in them).  
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It would be a good idea to take your daughter to be checked out by the doctor to get her blood tested for anaemia or any other problem.  A lack of red corpuscles that carry oxygen around the body can cause faintness and blackouts.

If she is of menstruating age, she will benefit from foods rich in iron, like liver, kidneys.  Also ensure that she gets sufficient sleep and drinks enough water during the day so as not to get dehydrated.
4851940 tn?1515698193
Low sugar levels (hypoglycaemia) can cause symptoms of feeling faint and possible collapse.

You do not need to be a diabetic to experience hypoglycaemia.  
In hypoglycaemia, the sugar levels in the blood drop too low.  Ensure that your daughter eats regularly.  Chocolate and sugary foods will give her a blood rush and then drop dramatically.  The types of foods she needs to eat at those that are slow energy release foods.  Porridge, peanuts, fruit that contain fibre like apples, wholemeal and grainy breads.  You will find more slow release energy foods on the web.

You should really take her to the doctor to get checked out.  It would be worth getting her checked out for low iron levels and for diabetes.  But a person does not have to be a diabetic to get symptoms of low sugar levels.

Best wishes.
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Thank you for both of your posts.  I am trying to get her scheduled for a AIC test, my sister is a diabetic and lives in Ireland, suggested I have the test done  because  we just found out my 4 yr old great niece has juvenile diabeties.  
My daughter has been mensing for almost a year and said lately the cramps have been aweful and flow very heavy.  In a A.I.C. test can they tell if she has low iron, do you know?
I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my post, your comments help ease my peace of mind.  There is nothing like the feeling of being helpless where my kids are concerned.
Thank you again.
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Thank you for your comments.  I am currently trying to get her scheduled for a A.I.C. test. Hopefully it can tell me what is going on.
Thank you again,
Best wishes.
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Thank you for your comments.  I am currently trying to get her scheduled for a A.I.C. test. Hopefully it can tell me what is going on.
Thank you again,
Best wishes.
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An A1c will not tell about iron. They could draw a CBC which would tell if hemoglobin and hematocrit were low (indicating anemia) but iron and B12 would have to be drawn separate. A HgbA1c is an average of blood glucose levels over 3 months + then broke down to a %
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idk might be possible she had a seizure, my aunt used to get them all the time and she told me she would faint wigle around and then wake up and have no idea what happened, kids can get them at young ages. God bless
4851940 tn?1515698193
The nurse can draw blood at the same time but into separate vials to test what the doctor orders.  The doctor may order a glucose test to find out if your daughter has diabetes.  

Ensure that your daughter eats regular meals and healthy snacks in between (fruit or veg).  Cut out or cut down on very refined foods, biscuits, chocolates, white bread, fizzy drinks etc.  Dark green vegetables, kidney and liver contain lots of iron.  If she sticks to a healthy diet that will help.  The occasional sweet treat will be fine.

A healthy and well balanced diet will also help to ease the cramping.   Evening Primrose oil is helpful, but you will need to read the label to ensure it is suitable for your daughter.

Pain relief medication in the recommended dosage will help with the cramping.  Placing a hot water bottle (wrapped in a towel to avoid getting burned) on her tummy or her back (whichever is the worst) will also help to ease the pain.

Best wishes.
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