Is Their Dizziness Caused by Vestibular Imbalance?

While dizziness and balance impairment increases with age, it’s important to watch out for those same problems in children and to rule out underlying conditions.

A survey conducted by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) sheds light on the risk factors associated vestibular impairment in children in the United States.

The survey of parents revealed that:

  • Five percent of children aged 3-18 have dizziness or balance problems
  • Older children experience it more: 7.5 percent of children ages 15-17 and 6.0 percent of children ages 12-14 have dizziness or balance problems. This was compared with 3.6 percent of children ages 6-8 and 4.1 percent of children ages 3-5
  • With respect to ethnicity, non-Hispanic white children have an increased prevalence of dizziness and balance problems (6.1 percent) compared with Hispanic (4.6 percent) and non-Hispanic black (4.3 percent) children
  • Girls experience dizziness/balance problems more than boys (girls: 5.7 percent; boys: 5 percent)


  • Boys who have dizziness and balance impairment are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, and stuttering
  • Girls who have dizziness and balance impairment are more likely to have anemia, hearing difficulties, respiratory allergies, and headaches/migraines.

Related: “What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?”