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What headache symptoms might indicate that my child has a more serious problem?

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A more serious problem should be considered when your child has any of the following:

  • Increased frequency. If the frequency of headaches is increasing, this is a cause for concern.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Localized neurological signs, such as numbness or tingling.
  • Headache causing awakening. Although this can occur in migraines, a headache that causes your child to awake from sleep is suggestive of an underlying brain disorder.

SOURCES: The American Academy of Neurology. American Academy of Family Physicians. American College of Physicians. American Society of Internal Medicine.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

SOURCES: The American Academy of Neurology. American Academy of Family Physicians. American College of Physicians. American Society of Internal Medicine.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on January 17, 2017

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