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

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Take your child to a doctor right away if any of these symptoms occur with a headache:

  • Loss of vision
  • Vomiting
  • Muscle weakness
  • Any symptoms that cause your child to awaken during the night

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic.

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.

National Headache Foundation: “Children’s Headache Disorders.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Migraine in Children.”

HealthyChildren: “Natural Therapies for Children with Chronic Headaches,” “Headaches: When to Call the Pediatrician.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Headache in Children (Beyond the Basics).”

Migraine Research Foundation: “Migraine in Women.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic.

National Reye's Syndrome Foundation.

National Headache Foundation: “Children’s Headache Disorders.”

American Migraine Foundation: “Migraine in Children.”

HealthyChildren: “Natural Therapies for Children with Chronic Headaches,” “Headaches: When to Call the Pediatrician.”

UpToDate: “Patient Education: Headache in Children (Beyond the Basics).”

Migraine Research Foundation: “Migraine in Women.”

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 16, 2019

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