Skip to content. What is syncope fainting? Syncope is the medical term for fainting. If the brain lacks adequate blood pressure, the body immediately does what it can to get more blood which carries oxygen to the brain. In the majority of cases, fainting is not a sign of a dangerous medical condition. Fainting in adolescents is somewhat common. However, it should not be ignored. Dehydration is the most common cause of fainting in children. In many cases, as a first step, pediatricians will recommend that children who have fainted simply drink more. They may also recommend increased salt intake, not skipping meals, and eliminating caffeine.
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In her youth, my sister who is not exactly a delicate flower would sometimes faint. It was never quite clear why, and the episodes eventually passed. I was impressed. William K.
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Fainting is pretty common in teens. The good news is that most of the time it's not a sign of something serious. Fainting is a temporary loss of consciousness. It happens when there isn't enough blood going to the brain because of a drop in blood pressure.
Skip navigation! Story from Body. Fainting seems ridiculously old-fashioned overly tight corset, anyone? And when it happens, it can be pretty freaky, whether you're the fainter or you see someone else pass out. Fainting happens when your brain isn't getting enough blood. And there are some cases that aren't totally harmless.