Stroke can strike infants, children and adults

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - May is stroke awareness month. Although stroke is often viewed as something that only happens to adults and elderly people, strokes can also strike  infants, children and can  also occur before birth.

It's a situation Jessica Spear knows all to well. Her son Brendan survived an in utero stroke.  He is now 9-years-old.

Spear and her husband founded "Brendon's Smile Raising Awareness for Childhood Stroke." They just had the 3rd Annual Brendon's Smile Day at the Ballpark on May 16th.

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Dr. Kristin Guilliams is a neurologist at St. Louis Children`s Hospital. He says that one thing to look for is if your baby has a hand preference early on. Many Usually dont' chose right or left until their first birthday. Seizures can also be indicator.

She treats for all primary neurological diseases in pediatric critical care population, acute and long-term complications of stroke and cerebrovascular disease in children.

The risk of stroke is greatest in a child's first year of life, and peaks weeks before birth and immediately after.  Stroke occurs in one and every 4,000 live births.  Stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death for  children ages 1-19.

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