Kids with Headaches

Headaches in children are very common, and according to Mayo Clinic, usually do not indicate a serious problem. Children can experience many types of headaches, including migraines and tension headaches. Although they usually aren’t serious, you should take note of headache symptoms and know when it’s time to visit the doctor.

Some causes of common headaches are:Boy with hands on face

  • Medication side effects
  • Not eating
  • Minor head injuries
  • Dehydration
  • Stress
  • Hormonal changes
  • Too much computer or TV time
  • Vision problems
  • Menstruation
  • Exposure to strong odors
  • Excess caffeine

When it’s serious:
According to an article from Kids Health, you should call a doctor if you child is experiencing the symptoms below:

  • Headaches that last for long periods of time
  • Headaches that don’t go away easily
  • Headaches that are more painful than usual
  • Headache as a result of head trauma
  • Headache upon waking

Or headaches that are accompanied by:

  • Vomiting
  • Changes in eyesight
  • Rash on the skin
  • Trouble walking or standing/clumsiness
  • Trouble speaking
  • High fever
  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Seizures

Type of Headaches
Recognizing certain headache symptoms will help you understand what type of headache your child is developing.

Tension

  • Is the most common type
  • Involves mild to moderate pain
  • Could come and go over longer period of time
  • May occur daily or weekly

Migraine

  • Marked by pounding/throbbing in the head
  • Includes sensitivity to light/sound/odors
  • Includes nausea or vomiting
  • Includes loss of appetite
  • Can be accompanied by pain in the abdomen

Cluster

  • Is the least common
  • Is the most severe
  • Includes sharp or burning pain
  • Is located behind the eye
  • Can include one to three headaches per day “cluster”
  • Can last up to three months

Acute

  • Occurs often in children
  • Happens suddenly
  • Has short-lived symptoms
  • Is sometimes caused by sinus infection

If your child is having headaches, and is experiencing any symptoms that may be serious, see a doctor immediately. For more information on neurological conditions or headaches in children, contact us today. Visit us online or call us at 972-547-8000.

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