Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit


Get Email Updates

Parenting Guide

Rosa Cabrera RN

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

ask: When a child faints or passes out -- what could be the cause?

By Cyndi
Rate This

My niece is 12. On about three or four occasions over the last year or two, she has passed out or fainted. Once was on the softball field; once was at school; once or twice was at home. In each time she was later found to

be either dehydrated or very fatigued; the most recent time she was also suffering from strep throat.

My sister, of course, is horribly concerned, and has taken her to a couple of doctors who have checked her daughter out. However, the consensus seems to be that "some kids do this" -- basically, that some children's bodies have this reaction to getting sick, overly fatigued or dehydrated.

Has anyone heard of this or had this experience? Will a child grow out of it? Is there a specialist we should be taking her to? What is actually going on in her body when she loses consciousness this way?

Add a Comment93 Comments

EmpowHER Guest

My ten yr old grandchild has done this 2 times both times she was worried had a clicks sound then passing out but it not very long she's overwght does someone hv one similar

November 20, 2014 - 5:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

Saturday November 11, 2014

Yesterday I was in a basketball practice and I was resting against the wall and suddenly I wanted to vomit and I was sweating a lot I also started to get a blackout so I couldn't get my coach so I just stayed were I was. Later I woke up on the floor with my friends around me and my coach with a cotton ball that's when he told me I had fainted. They called my parents and the ambulance, when the ambulance got there they said that since I was standing strait my bones didn't let the blood flow trough my knees and made my blood pressure go down and that was the cause of me fainting.
I hope this helped you by the way my daughter is 11 years old

November 15, 2014 - 12:57pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had fainting when I was a teenager, it was caused from Anemia which is an Iron deficiency. I also had this because my heart is slower than average which is find and does not cause issues but it can cause dizziness and fainting as well. If you have anemia, your blood does not carry enough oxygen to the rest of your body which can result in fainting. Hopefully this helps.

October 19, 2014 - 7:51am
EmpowHER Guest

my son is 13 and has started passing out first time he was unresponsive for 1 hour 45 mins and again today for twenty mins he was brought home in an ambo !! the doctors said first time they got no idea reckon his heart is ok !! but the worry and fear is trying to break myn!!!!

October 16, 2014 - 1:24am
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I would certainly get many opinions on what is happening with your son, it is not normal to be unconscious for 1 hour and 45 minutes with out an underlying cause. Just keep trying to find doctors who will help. Remember every medical system has there faults and it is up to the individual to take there health seriously.

October 19, 2014 - 7:46am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Being unresponsive for nearly two hours is extremely frightening. Have you son evaluated as soon as possible. Doctors can't just send him home with an "I don't know". 

He may need to see a neurologist - tell his pediatrician to recommend some immediately. Will you keep us posted?


October 18, 2014 - 5:33am
EmpowHER Guest

Hi Daughter is 8 now, from last 2 years she pass out 6 times, we have gone thru all the test but all came normal, always worried about her health.

September 8, 2014 - 3:13pm
EmpowHER Guest
Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

i feel your pain i suffer every time i think of my one and only son in trouble , I love him very much I single dad with girls too but they all good Iwish we could get some real answers. !!!

October 16, 2014 - 1:28am
EmpowHER Guest

When I was younger I fainted a lot. now because I know the reason I power through it. I now tend to have a black blur, I walk it off... Weak legs, go get a drink and any other symptoms I get I sit down

August 5, 2014 - 4:24pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am 14 and aslo have this problem last time i blacked out was doing dishes and i have yet to grow out of it.

July 8, 2014 - 6:51pm
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.



1896 Health


787 Lives


652 Lives
2 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

Do your teens have their own cellphones?:
View Results