There are many reasons for childhood “funny turns”. Your medical practitioner will have given you a likely diagnosis and
this leaflet contains links for further information on some of the commonest causes of funny turns in childhood. This leaflet
is designed to alert you should your child’s symptoms change and advice as to where to get help.
It helps to have video of your child’s episodes to take to any medical appointments.
If your child has any of the following at any time:
Go to the nearest Hospital Emergency (A&E) Department or phone 999
Please ring your GP surgery or call NHS 111 - dial 111
Your child may be diagnosed with one of the below conditions that requires no medical attention:
Here are links for further information:
Breath holding attacks: www.nhs.uk/conditions/breath-holdingspells-in-chil...
Simple faint: www.nhs.uk/conditions/fainting/
Reflex anoxic seizures: http://www.heartrhythmalliance.org/stars/uk/
Night terrors: www.nhs.uk/conditions/night-terrors/
Sleep myoclonus (Brief jerks of one or more limbs. Occurs only in
sleep. No treatment needed)
Continue providing your child’s care at home. If you are still concerned about your child, call NHS 111 – dial 111
This guidance is written by healthcare professionals from across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.