Cold's Increase Stroke Risk in Kids

Published 08/20 2014 04:19PM

Updated 08/20 2014 04:20PM

A new study finds colds, and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children. Researchers reviewed data on 2.5 million children.
They found that among the very small percentage of children who had a stroke, about ten of them visited the doctor for an infection in the three days prior.

Researchers say the findings suggest that infections have a short-lived effect on stroke risk, but that the overall risk is very low. Every year, about 3,000 children have a stroke.

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