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Balance problems

Babies and children develop skills such as sitting, walking and running as they grow up. These are known as motor skills and it's normal for different children to learn these at different rates.

Are balance or co-ordination problems a symptom of a brain tumour?

Losing or experiencing a reduction in motor skills could be a sign of a serious illness, including a brain tumour. If your child starts to experience problems with balance, co-ordination or walking, you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

Signs to look out for:

  • Toddlers or young children may stop walking and start crawling again.
  • Your child has started using their left hand instead of their right hand for tasks or vice versa.
  • Your child has started to struggle with something they were previously better at such as reading or playing computer games.
  • Your child is unsteady when walking, they may stumble or fall and need to hold on to walls and handrails.

If you are concerned about your child, make an appointment with a GP. If symptoms appear suddenly or are severe, take your child to A&E or phone 999.

I think my child has a brain tumour, what should I do?

Brain tumours are rare, however, if you're worried, if a symptom persists or if your child has more than one of these symptoms then:

  • Talk to your doctor
    GP appointments are usually quite short, find out how to best prepare for your appointment
  • Get an eye test
    If your child's symptoms are limited to changes in vision and/or headaches, get their eyes tested by an optician before seeing your GP.