How Vestibular Therapy Can Help Treat Your Child’s Vertigo

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Have your child ever complained about feeling lightheaded and losing balance when walking in the early evening? They may even have double headaches, double vision or difficulty in concentrating on different tasks. These are usually the symptoms related to vestibular problems. Small positional sensing organs in your inner ear is the vestibular system. These work together with your joint position and vision sensors to establish a balance. Dizziness can result in injury, and balance-related falls can lead to accidental deaths. Proper attention must be given when your child complains about such issues!

Children suffering from vertigo should undergo proper diagnosis by an expert healthcare professional, such as an ENT specialist. A wide array of treatments are available out there, but not all are appropriate for every kind of diagnosis. Some of the common types of diagnosis include:

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

This is most certainly the common cause of vertigo, and it usually happens when tiny crystals that we have inside our inner ear system dispositions, which gives a false sense of movement when you bend over, look up or turn.

Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis

Due to flu, cold or any other infection, there can be inflammation of inner ear structures. Off-balance feeling or dizziness can last long after inflammation has been resolved.

Vestibular Migraine

This type of dizziness is usually associated with changes in flow of blood to the brain, sometimes triggered by weather changes, lack of sleep, hormones or stress. In this case, the patient may or may not have headache with a few episodes of vertigo.

Meniere’s Disease

This is periodic and recurrent increase in fluid pressure in the ear that can lead to damage in hearing structures and inner ear balance. It is generally associated with ringing in the ear and gradual loss of hearing.

Concussion

This is a sort of trauma that may happen when you hit your head very hard on something, during sports play or a serious car accident. The central brain structures which is responsible for processing the vestibular information may be damaged in this case, resulting in symptom like dizziness.

How Vestibular Therapy Works?

If your child is facing a condition like vertigo, you should opt for vestibular therapy. It uses a wide array of treatments to alleviate or eliminate vertigo and dizziness including:

  • Balance Training to make sure the body is capable of reacting safely to movements.
  • Specific head and eye movements to enhance the ability of the brain to effectively utilize vestibular information.
  • Realigning maneuvers to restore inner ear crystals to their position.

The therapy begins with a  complete clinical assessment that includes collection of a brief history of the patients symptoms and how they affect daily lifestyle.

At ENT for children, we take extra care when attending problems that your child may be facing. Dr Daniel Samadi is fellowship trained and board-certified otolaryngologist with extensive experience in treating ear, nose and throat problems in children of all ages. Our objective is to offer the most comprehensive and innovative technological care to children and their family.