Headaches in children - a growing worry


children have migraine headaches and many adults with headaches started having their headaches as children, with around 20% of these reporting the onset before the age of 10 years. Another important thing to note is that most headaches in children are benign, which means they are not symptoms of some serious disorder or disease. Since headache may interfere with the child's participation in activities at school and can be a significant health problem, the parents are undecided and confused regarding how they should deal with this problem.
Are headaches a serious problem or just headaches?
Well, primarily t is important for the parents to understand that the headaches in their children could be an indicator of a serious problem or just a headache. This makes it important that they are not ignored without any investigation. All headaches can be divided into two categories, which are primary or secondary. Primary headaches are those headaches which occur on their own and do not result from some other health problem. Primary headaches would commonly include migraine, migraine with aura, tension-type headache, and even cluster headache. Secondary headaches refers to headaches resulting from some cause or condition, such as a head injury or concussion, blood vessel problems, medication side effects, infections in the head or elsewhere in the body, sinus disease, or tumors. There are numerous and varied causes for secondary headaches, ranging from rare, serious diseases to easily treated conditions. Sometimes headaches may occur almost every day and are called chronic daily headaches.
Steps that Must Follow the Symptoms - in case the child's headaches are frequent or severe or include unusual symptoms, it is important that the parents consult the family doctor. Worrisome symptoms that need to be brought to the doctor's attention include:
1. Headaches which wake the child from sleep
2. Early morning vomiting without any nausea (upset stomach)
3. Worsening or higher frequency of headaches
4. Personality changes
5. Any headache that is different than previous headaches
6. Any Headache with fever or a stiff neck
7. Headaches that occur after an injury

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