6 year old with constant headaches

Jennifer - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 26 moms have responded )

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My 6 year old son has recently been getting bad headaches every day for the past few weeks. He'll be outside playing and he'll come inside saying that he just doesn't feel good and that his head is hurting, he then goes in and lays down. This happens a few times throughout the day. He hasn't had any temperature or anything like that. He has a doctors appointment on the 1st. He's been laying down a lot lately and that's not normal for him. He's a very active child usually and he has never cried about the headaches. Has this every happened to any of your children? If it has what did it turn out to be? He also has his annual eye appointment on Tuesday.

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Julie - posted on 01/15/2013

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Glad he has an MD appointment. My 7 year gets frequent headaches (I started at the same age). Dehydration is usually the number one cause. I have him drink an 8 oz glass of water first thing in the morning, I know he won't drink what i pack him, or take the time @ school. I also have him drink a cup as soon as he complains of pain. I also offer him children's chewable advil tabs. Sometimes he takes them, sometime he says no thanks.

Gabrielle - posted on 08/27/2010

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We took our 4yo to the doctor recently for headaches. She told us that headaches at this young age are unusual. They're not due to eye sight (unless it's eye strain from trying to focus on a TV, like Gena C mentioned). Kids can definitely get migraines, but we determined that our daughter's was most likely due to insufficient hydration, and possible allergies, with the heat wave we've been having. We have been pouring water into her and the headaches seem to have gone. The pediatrician told us to keep a headache diary for a few weeks, documenting everything. Glad you have a dr's appt already, since there are some pretty bad things that can cause headaches. Good luck.

Jenette - posted on 08/28/2010

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Both my 5yr old and myself will get that way from the heat and often water isnt enough. Drinking lots of water before he goes out and some dilluted gatorade while he is outside and after coming inside should help with hydration. Her and I are very heat sensitive and we have to drink a lot and be very mindful otherwise we do get headachey and feel cruddy and do have to lay down for a bit.



You didn't say if he was on allergy meds when are natrually drying maybe those are adding to a natural heat sensitivity

Jennifer - posted on 08/27/2010

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I think it is important to keep a journal of activities and symptoms. Try to see if there is any common cause and hopefully the physician will be able to find the cause and that it turns out to be nothing serious. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2013

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My 5 year old son has the same issues. The first thought from our pedi was vision. He failed his vision screen last year and he was told by the eye doctor to wear glasses with school work which we have. However as of late his headaches have become worse. I took him back and the vision in the right eye has become worse. Long story short we are headed back to the eye doctor in a few days to see what we need to do. Frustrating for sure cause as momma I just want to fix it!

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Rosie - posted on 07/28/2014

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My grandson is 6 years old, and when he were a baby he were treated for meningitis. As he grew over it at he age of four he was hit in his head with a hard bat (iron) which left a large knot. After that he hit it on the bunk bed in the same area. Do you think that his headache is from that? the doctor says his eyes is bad even with the glasses on an eye exam. I would like to hear your opinion.

Jamyra - posted on 03/21/2014

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My daughter is 6 and has recently started complaining of headaches as well. The doctor said they could be migraines, and she was also diagnosed with sleep apnea because she snores, and has been going so since she was an infant. She has seasonal allergies as well. Her pediatrician informed me that she may have to have her adenoids removed because they cause pressure on nasal cavity, which is why she has the headaches. She's groggy in the morning because while it seems to me like she's sleeping peacefully, she is not. As a parent we want to protect our children from even the things we can't see, but I don't think you should panic. Good doctors know. I was also worried about rumors, but her dr. Said that her balance would be off it were. He gave her some nasal spray, and the headaches are slowly going away. In 2 more minths we'll is up. Hope all is well, and good luck!

Amber - posted on 01/11/2014

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I am worried sick about my almost 6 year old! He's been complaining about his head hurting all last week. So I took him to the doctor yesterday... they checked his nose and it had bloody snot dried up inside it. He had a sinus infection 2 weeks ago and has still been on the antibiotic .. I thought he was over the sinus infection. Then the headaches started coming. I worry a lot about my kids. So I brought up a tumor because where his head is hurting isn't on his face its on the top of his head on both left and right sides. The Dr said yea it could be that and I burst into tears but she said she really believed it was a sinus infection and the meds he was on just weren't strong enough. So they gave him some different kind of antibiotic... and if it didn't get better or he gets worse bring him back to the Dr immediately... and they will do some test on him. Its better to be safe than sorry! I'm thinking about just taking him to the hospital and going ahead and getting him X-rayed. I'm so scared! I anyone has had these same symptoms please help and let me know what u think thanks

Daniel - posted on 11/22/2013

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this is a stabbing pain every few min he screams and says its his head, they just did a catscan today and said everything was normal, they gave him motrin Benadryl and Zofran and sent us home, they also checked his electolytes it was good. he slept for a couple of hours, and woke up screaming about his head and said I need to go back to the doctor

Amber - posted on 02/01/2013

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Since she hasn't followed up I suppose this is not her reason but something parents should think of if their child has aggressive headaches. A brain anurism (sp?). I had a friend as a kid who was healthy and always smiles. One day she complained of a headache and didn't want to go to school. Her mother sent her off and during class she asked to go to the bathroom, she never came back. It burst in the bathroom. she had never been sickly. She was 12

Cyndi - posted on 01/29/2013

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My son was diagnosed with migrains at 5 1/2. We.have a very strick schedule about eating and bed time, and watch everything he eats to see if that could be a trigger. Luckily we have only had 3 in the last 6 months. Keep a diary about all actvities and foods. His nerologist told me something he ate/drank 3 days before could cause them.

Aurora - posted on 01/18/2013

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If all the above are ruled out try a trusted kid's chiropractor. My daughter at age 4 1/2 was having same symptoms. After 2-3 visits her headaches stopped completely!

Noralie - posted on 12/12/2012

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I am going through the same thing with my 6 1/2 year old daughter..headaches everyday and then having migranes on top of that. Her eyes are fine and they took some xrays but they just don't know. I am trying to get her to drink more fluids because she doesn't drink enough. But I am wondering now is it her 6 year molars coming in maybe causing the everyday headaches. I just don't know and so frustrated and sad for her. I am a migranes sufferer and I hate seeing her go through this :(

Jennifer - posted on 08/28/2010

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My son has had bad allergies for a few years now. He is on Zyrtec in the morning and Benadryl at night. My sister got bad headaches when she was young and my brother get's bad migraines as well. I think it's just my genes. My son is also kind of sensitive to heat not as much as I am though.

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My 8yr old has been getting migranes too for a few years, something from my Husband... It's tough to see them like that. There are several things that can cause it, and your Dr should talk to you about them all.
Dehydration, vision, allergies... even just an infection that your body is fighting off.
Motrin is a huge aid with my husbands and daughters migranes. It's known to reduce swelling and when searching the internet I saw pressure is the cause of most headaches.

Shannon - posted on 08/26/2010

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When my son was 5 he had a few weeks of headaches that were so bad that he threw up a few times. After several doctors appts. he was finally diagnosed with migraines. He hasn't had them for that long of a time period since then and we prevent them as best we can by making sure that he eats meals on time and doesn't eat too much sugar. Motrin and a few hours sleep have cured any migraines that he's gotten since (so far).

Amanda - posted on 08/25/2010

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my 13 year old was the same turned out she was stressing out over school,friends

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could be anything really. vision, teeth coming in, vitamin deficiency, dehydration. hope everything goes well at the dr.!

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My son did the same thing. When he would be very active he would always complain about the top of his head hurting. I took him in and got his eyes checked. They eye doctor said he was getting these headaches due to having to strain his eyes. We put him in glasses and now we have no issues with headaches at all. Have all possibilities checked out though

Jennifer - posted on 08/25/2010

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I already know he has allergies, I didn't think to connect it to that. It usually does happen when he is outside and he has really bad allergies. He has his annual eye appointment today so we shall see if it has anything to do with his vision. Thanks for all the feed back

Roberta - posted on 08/25/2010

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Definetly get him in to be seen by his dr but I also would call an opthomologist to see if there is vision disturbances that could be causing these headaches. Also if its happening while he is outside you could think allergies, without an Drs opinion all we can do is suggest to you. Good Luck.

Eniko - posted on 08/23/2010

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When there is pain, there is a problem. It doesn't have to be big. Could be what Gena wrote, vision problems, and Angela has a good point too. The best is to get it checked out to rule out major problems. In the meantime, limiting any strenuous activity, TV, any over processed food. My son, 7yo, has inherited migraines from me and has them since he was born. Because everybody has different triggers and by using the elimination process, I eliminated most of them. It helps him if I put a cold gel pack on his forehead and I put the room in semi-darkness. If is really bad, I give him Children's Tylenol Chewable. Hope u find out soon and there is nothing serious causing your son's headaches.

Alison - posted on 08/23/2010

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I know of a lil girl(age 8) that had headaches as well. She had to have a tooth removed, because it was a third tooth that was trying to come out as a front tooth. It was very large and had to be surgically removed.

Angela - posted on 08/23/2010

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Has he recently started eating or drinking anything sugar free with nutrasweet? Gum, candy or soda? This is a trigger for headaches.

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My son was experiencing somewhat similar symptoms as yours (he is 5). He sat close to the T.V., he ran into things/tripped over things, & he said the computer made his eyes & head hurt. So we made him an eye appt. Come to find out he did have extremely poor vision. We kind of knew this by the little signs. But on the other end of the spectrum migraines cause ppl to be sensitive to light & can cause your stomach to be upset. Hopefully it's something simple. Poor kids, they don't deserve to have headaches :(

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