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Mom Warns Of Rare Seizure-Like Condition Triggered By Styling Child's Hair
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Mom Warns Of Rare Seizure-Like Condition Triggered By Styling Child's Hair

The condition can be triggered by simply curling or combing a person's hair.

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A woman's Facebook post warning of a seizure-like condition triggered by simply curling or combing a person's hair. has gone viral. It's called hair-grooming syncope. Ever heard of it? Well, neither had Alicia Renee Phillips, a mom of three from Clinton, Tennessee. But now, she's sharing her story after styling her kid sister's hair that strangely led to an emergency room visit. Phillips told Good Morning America she was helping Gracie Brown, 10, get ready for Sunday school one morning. Gracie had stayed over at Phillips' home the previous night. "I said, 'Hey let's curl your hair, put some makeup on and have some fun sister time before church,'" Phillips recalled telling her sister. "She kind of closed her eyes and leaned forward. She's a goofy kid and I thought she was joking. She did it again and made a gagging sound like she was going to throw up, and that's when I rushed my girls out of the bathroom."

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Phillips started to get worried. She quickly called her mother, Lisa Brown, to let her know Gracie wasn't feeling well. After checking her temperature, which was normal, the young girl collapsed. "She was unresponsive and not moving," Phillips said. "I was screaming for my husband to come into the bathroom, and he was taking her pulse, trying to say her name. It was probably the scariest thing I've ever seen." A minute later Gracie began blinking, speaking and her hands were shaking. "I'm terrified at this point because I don't know if she's got seizures that we don't know about," Phillips explained.