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When should I take my child to see the doctor for a headache?

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You should take your child to the doctor if he or she has headaches with:

  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden loss of balance or falling
  • Paralysis
  • Speech difficulties
  • Mental confusion
  • Seizures
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Personality changes/inappropriate behavior
  • Vision changes (blurry vision, double vision, or blind spots)
  • Lethargy: being indifferent, apathetic or sluggish, or sleeping too much
  • High persistent fever or neck stiffness

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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