How to Calm a Child Who Has Just Fainted

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24-09-2016, 22:55
To a child, fainting can be the scariest thing in the world. Here is how to calm a child who has suffered an unexplained faint.


  1. Get the child into the recovery position and stroke their head and / or back, reassuring them in a gentle tone that you're here. This will slightly soothe the child.
  2. As soon as they are ready, sit them gently up and give them a drink of water or milk and tell them to slowly sip it.
  3. A person who has fainted has no recollection of the incident, or, in other words, can't remember what happened. Explain to them that they fainted and fell asleep for a few seconds but everything is okay now. (Even though they actually became unconscious, just tell the child that they fell asleep so they will understand the situation better.) While you explain this, it would be a good idea to rub their upper back in slow, circular motions or stroke their head to comfort them.
  4. Give them a hug and tell them again that it's okay.
  5. As soon as possible, get them to lie on a bed or sofa to recover.
  6. Read them a familiar story to soothe and calm them, or, just talk to the child. The sound of your voice will soothe them better than anything. Remember to talk in quiet, gentle tones as the child may still be a little overwhelmed.
  7. Get them something to eat like a banana or a biscuit (something comforting).
  8. If the child has a favourite toy, ask someone to go and fetch it. This will save you from leaving the child.
  9. Make sure the child is warm or cool enough. Some faints can cause dramatic falls or rises of temperature.
  10. Once the child is calm, stay with them for a while to reassure them.


  • Just to be on the safe side, call the doctor after you have completely calmed the child and explain the details of the faint, including the time, the place, the temperature, how long the child was unconscious for etc. If the doctor thinks it is serious and wants you to bring the child to the surgery, then do so.
  • Call an ambulance if the child has remained unconscious for over 1 minute.
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