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7 year old cousin had a scary "blank" episode

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I am very concerned for my 7 year old cousin. We had taken her to a mall for her birthday, we spent maybe 4 hours there. The last place we went was a candy store. We had been in there for maybe ten minutes when she had stopped walking and she stood there looking up. I tried to get her attention and called her name several times. She hadn't responded at all until about one or two minutes later. When she looked at me she was confused and wondered why we had stopped walking. She had done this several more times later that day. It only stopped after she had drunk her pop and eaten a couple hand gulls of candy. I am very concerned for her safety and I fear for her life. Please help me understand what is going on and if she will be ok.


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replied April 28th, 2014
Brain and Head Injuries Answer A46889
Welcome to e health forum.

The history given does not give enough information to provide accurate medical advice.

But, in a healthy young girl, with no prior medical issues, who has had no such recurrences again, it is possible that it could be just a normal lack of concentration or attention to you, while she was in a play mood. Hypoglycemia could also be possible.

But if she had recurrences of altered behavior, episodes of constant staring with memory space-outs, etc she may need to be examined by a doctor to rule out conditions like epilepsy.

I hope this helps


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