My daughter 14 yrs old is experiencing frequent dizzy spells, mild headaches & low appetite. She's not anemic and has regular menstrual cycles. Please suggest what is the cause?

(Last Updated: Sep 4, 2007)


There are several factors that could cause dizziness in children and some of them could be more serious than others. Children could experience frequent dizzy spells because of external factors such as heat, use of certain medication or exposure to chemicals. However, in some cases a child could suffer from dizziness because of health problems, like:

  • Diabetes or even low blood sugar
  • Inner ear infections
  • Anemia
  • Meniere's disease
  • Low blood pressure

Therefore, it is absolutely essential for you to check what the possible causes of dizziness are in your child, so that the appropriate treatment can be started without any delay. In case your doctor confirms that the dizziness is not the result of a serious ailment, you may not require traditional medication. You could opt for natural remedies for dizziness, some of which include:

  • Gingko leaf extract, which has been used for centuries, to alleviate dizzy spells in adults and children. Most of the people can tolerate this herb quite well but there are a few risks of increase bleeding that have been associated with it.
  • Ginger in different forms like tea, tablet or capsule. Alternately, you can also increase the amount of ginger you consume through your diet.
  • Feverfew, which usually recommended for people who suffer from headaches on a regular basis. This herb can be taken in the form of tea or supplement.

Before taking any of these natural remedies for dizziness , it is important for you to check with a doctor and get an approval.

answered by G M

What can cause dizziness in children?

It is important to understand that dizziness and nausea are primarily symptoms of an underlying medical condition. In fact, there are a number of different medical conditions that include dizziness as a very common symptom of their presence. As a result, it is essential to identify the root cause of the problem and try and treat that root cause in order to get rid of the dizziness that one is likely to experience. Dizziness will primarily cause the child to experience the illusion of his or her surroundings to be spinning at a slow to frenetic pace.

Signs and symptoms of dizziness in children as well as adults include the feeling of lightheadedness and the illusion of the room moving around them. At times, this is accompanied by nausea and vomiting resulting in it termed medically to be a case of vertigo. Some of the more common causes of dizziness in children include the sudden and abnormal suspension of blood supply to the brain as well as the development of manic attacks and anxiety attacks. Stress and migraine are other conditions that are known to cause the development of dizziness. Whenever a child complains of dizziness, it is important to take him or her to the doctor for an immediate checkup.

answered by A S

Are there any diets for treating frequent dizziness?

Following a special diet for dizziness treatment is not uncommon and any doctors would even suggest remedies as this. Firstly you should avoid substances such as tobacco, caffeine and alcohol. For treating dizziness you should also ensure that you stay hydrated at all times by consuming plenty of drinking water and fluids. The diet for dizziness should include foods that are rich in vitamin B which is known to be a very effective antioxidant that helps in minimizing the symptoms of dizziness or vertigo. Some of the vitamin B rich foods that could be included as part of the diet for dizziness are soy , lentils, peas , beans , wheat, rice, almonds, walnuts and so on. For treating dizziness, your diet should also include foods that are rich in potassium such as tomatoes, potatoes and lettuce as well as fruits such as grapes, peaches and bananas. A deficiency of iron is also known to result in dizziness , hence the diet for dizziness should include foods likes spinach, carrots, cucumbers, corn, celery and the like that are rich in iron. On the other hand while treating dizziness you should strictly avoid foods that have a high cholesterol and fat content as well as salty foods that are known to increase the blood pressure levels.

answered by A S

Can anxiety cause dizziness in children?

Most of us deal with at least some amount of anxiety on a daily basis. However, excess anxiety can lead to serious health problems, some of which include high blood pressure and diabetes. But did you know that an excess amount of anxiety could also lead to dizziness or fainting spells? Reports on anxiety and dizziness also claim that you may feel that your surrounding is spinning, when you feel excessively anxious. This could be quite a serious problem and can probably lead to severe injuries. Fortunately, there are a few ways in which you can prevent dizziness caused by anxiety. Given below are a few ways of preventing dizziness caused by anxiety:

  • Increase the amount of water you drink, especially when you feel anxious about something. Dehydration can worsen the effects of anxiety on the body and it could also lead to dizziness or fainting
  • Get an adequate amount of rest and sleep during the day, to reduce the levels of stress and anxiety you experience. Lie down for a few minutes each day, whenever you get the chance. After sitting down or lying down for a while, make sure that stand up slowly.
  • Increase your intake of vitamins to reduce nervousness and improve your overall balance. Also make sure that you do not go on for hours at a stretch without eating anything. Have a snack or a light meal every two to three hours.

answered by A S


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