DETROIT, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Childhood strokes are "quite a bit more common than people recognize, even pediatricians," says Washington University neurologist Bradley Schlaggar.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke says up to 5,000 babies in the United States experience a stroke within the first 30 days of life or even before birth.
Once a child has had a stroke, they are 20 percent more likely to have a subsequent stroke.
"I think when you factor in that 10 percent to 15 percent will die from these strokes and the majority will have some disability, the public health impact of stroke in children is substantial," leading childhood stroke researcher John Lynch told the Detroit Free Press.
Scientists told the newspaper that the young brain -- as opposed to the adult brain -- has great resiliency and many children barely lose a step even after severe strokes.