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A fainting child tumbling to the ground is a very upsetting moment for any parent, and a scary one for the child. The truth is, fainting episodes, or syncope (sin-ko-pea), is a fairly common occurrence in children and teens and—in most cases—harmless.

Fifteen percent of children will experience at least one fainting episode by the time they reach the age of 18. In younger children, an episode may occur when a child is crying or overly emotional. Teens may feel dizzy and faint when first getting out of bed in the morning, or after sitting for long periods of time. Girls are five times more likely to faint than boys. While it usually not serious, if your child faints it should not be ignored; there could be a more serious underlying cause.

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