Headaches in Children - Symptoms
Migraines are intense, throbbing headaches that can be felt on one side
or both sides of the head. The pain also can move from one side of the head to
the other. Migraines can make it hard for your child to move around or do daily
Other symptoms of migraines include:
- Nausea, vomiting, or both.
to light, noise, and sometimes smells.
- Changes in mood.
in vision, such as flashing lights or dark spots, before the headache starts.
This symptom, called aura, is more common in adults than in children.
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy.
Without treatment, your child's migraine headache can last
as long as 72 hours.
Tension headaches can
last from 30 minutes to as long as several days. For
children, these headaches often happen during school or around the time of a
stressful event. And they can build up during the day.
Symptoms of tension headaches include:
- A constant ache that does not throb or pulse. Your child will
probably feel pain or pressure on both sides of the head.
around the head or forehead.
- Aching pain at the temples or the back
of the head and neck.
Being sensitive to light or noise (but not both) can
sometimes be a symptom of tension headaches. But sensitivity to light and noise
is more common with migraines.