Headaches in Children - Exams and Tests
Your child's doctor will do a
physical exam and
ask questions, such as how often the headaches occur and what the symptoms
are. The doctor will ask about your child's overall health.
Migraines and tension headaches can be similar to
other kinds of headaches, which may have different treatments. So it's
important for your child's doctor to find out what kind of headache your child
has. The doctor also can make sure your child doesn't have other health
problems that may be related to the headaches.
It's common for parents to feel very concerned about their child's
headaches. You may feel that more testing is needed to rule out serious causes.
But doctors often can find out the type and the cause of the headaches without
using other tests.
cases, imaging and other tests may be recommended to rule out other health problems,
but this isn't common. These tests include:
CT scan, which can show pictures of the brain to rule
out problems like tumors or bleeding.
electroencephalogram (EEG), which measures the
electrical activity in the brain.
lumbar puncture, in which a needle is used to remove a
small amount of fluid from the spinal canal. The fluid is then looked at for
signs of infection.