Pediatric Stroke If you think a stroke can only happen to an adult, think again. Stroke can occur in young adults, teens, children, newborns and even unborn babies. In fact, the risk of stroke in children is greatest during their first year of life. Children who are at an increased risk of stroke include those with: Blood clotting disorders Congenital heart defects Immune disorders Neurofibromatosis Sickle cell anemia Our pediatric neurologists have received advanced training to provide stroke care to young stroke patients. And with access to 40 pediatric sub-specialties at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, our division offers complex stroke care.