Headaches are common in children and teens. In fact, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, almost two out of three teens will complain of a headache each month. The good news is most headaches are not serious. But on occasion is can be a symptom of a more serious problem. Recurring headaches of any type can also cause school and behavior problems and possibly depression.
Lalitha Sivaswamy, MD, division chief of Neurology, at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers the following tips on how to recognize when your child’s headache may warrant medical attention.
- Your child complains that he or she is experiencing the worst headache ever.
- The headache becomes more severe or continuous.
- A child is awakened by a headache.
- A very young child is exhibiting symptoms of a headache.
- The headache is worsened by strain such as a cough or sneeze.
- The headache is accompanied by vomiting but not nausea.
- A change in vision.
- Personality changes.
- Weakness in the arms or legs.
- Symptoms associated with a seizure or epilepsy.
Dr. Sivaswamy says if your instincts tell you the headache is out of the ordinary, it’s best to see your physician to rule out any potentially serious condition.
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers specialized treatment for headaches.For further information or to schedule an appointment call (313) 745-KIDS or toll-free at (888) 362-2500.