If your baby, child or teenager is unresponsive or less responsive than usual, this could mean they have reduced consciousness. Reduced consciousness can be a sign of a brain tumour.
How can I tell if my baby, child or teenager has reduced consciousness?
At any age, reduced consciousness can involve:
- reduced response to pain – your baby, child or teenager may not open their eyes, flinch, withdraw, grimace nor respond verbally when they would otherwise do so
- reduced response to a person's voice – e.g. they do not open their eyes when called
- whimpering or moaning
- making incomprehensible sounds
- appearing confused and unable to find the right words to use
- being unable to be roused from sleep – this indicates that the reduced consciousness is serious.
Reduced consciousness in your baby, child or teenager could be caused by a serious illness, so it's important for them to see a doctor as soon as possible. If you think your child has reduced consciousness, call 999 and ask for an ambulance.
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: