Learn more about pediatric stroke and stroke in children in this fact sheet from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association:

“Although stroke is often viewed as occurring primarily in the elderly, it also strikes infants, children, young adults and can even occur before birth—and with equally devastating results. The risk of stroke in children is greatest in the first year of life, and peaks during the perinatal period (roughly the weeks before and immediately after birth). Stroke also occurs in about one of every 3,500 live births. The risk of stroke from birth through age 19 is nearly 5 per 100,000 children per year. In fact, stroke is one of the top 10 causes of death for children between the ages of one and 19.”

Read the fact sheet