Bell's palsy is paralysis or weakness of the muscles on one side of the face. Often children with Bell’s palsy have a droop on one side of the mouth and have trouble completely shutting the eye on the same side. Bell’s palsy can also interfere with the sense of taste. These things happen when a nerve in the face becomes inflamed. Bell's palsy is not caused by a stroke. The cause of the nerve inflammation is not known. But some experts think that a virus may cause it. Because of this, doctors sometimes prescribe antiviral medicine to treat it. Your child also may get medicine to reduce swelling.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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