My son is complaining of a headache, no other symptoms to go along with - just headache. 2 days now and motrin / tylenol doesnt seem to touch it. Possible cause?

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Roxana - posted on 03/25/2013

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My 5yr. old has been suffering from headaches as well. I took her to the eye Dr. and she was prescribed glasses. But the headaches were still there then I took her to her peds. Dr. She referred her to Neurology Peds. ( Appt. done) but she still complain. I took her to the ER and they took a Ct Scan of her head. She had a severe sinus infection. the Dr. Give her meds. It has less the headaches but I noticed when she watches TV or hears loud noise for ex. Lunchroom noise her headaches start all over.

I hope this help somewhat I am still in search to why she gets headaches?

Kimberley - posted on 03/27/2009

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i heard of many children who have had headaches for days and didn't go 2 the hospital or doctor and had past.I was talking 2 my mother about this today this just happened early this week? i woukd take my child into the hospital/doctor.

Cynthia - posted on 03/23/2009

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You need to get your child to a pediatrician right away. If you can't get an appointment right away, you need to get the child to an ER with a pediatric ER. May be nothing, but maybe very serious. Better to be safe than sorry!!! Cynthia Morgan, R.N. www.kingslandpress.com

Maria - posted on 03/23/2009

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For my daughter, it was a forehead ache, and it turned out to be allergies.  What works for her is a cool mist humidifier and an OTC saline nasal spray (Ocean).  When these dont work, we use a perscription nasal spray.

Monica - posted on 03/27/2009

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I once was told that 80% of headaches are caused by lack of water to the brain, how is his fluids? also what is the lighting like in your home? reading, watching TV pretty much anything that uses your eyes should have natural light and If thats not available try a light behind them. on the topic of eyes when was the last time you tested his eyes? Stress, I know its hard to emagine but children can suffer from stress headaches, is there anything that is bothering your son? a big one his PILLOW I'm not kidding I used to suffer horrible headaches when i as 11/12yo would run around the house in a foul mood stealing every ones pillows my dad got sick of this and spend the money to get me a proper pillow. DUNLOP good brand. hope i was helpful.

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Zoe - posted on 04/08/2009

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sorry i can not give u any answers but my 3 yr has been conplaining of headache too for past few weeks but i have regular headaches and migranes as does my 14 yr old so im thinking may be he hears us conplaining so he is too. He is other wise healthy so cannot give u any advise does your child drink plenty as not drinking enough gives me headaches good luck

Rocio - posted on 04/02/2009

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How old is your son? Headaches are common in children 4 years old and up. Most of the time the cause is a drop in their blood sugar (hypoglycemia). Most kids skip meals because they don't like the food or because they don't want to interrupt their playtime. If that is the case try to give him small healthy snacks througout the daytime to prevent the low sugar levels and keep him hydrated. If despite that, he continues with headaches, seek advise from a professional. It could be Migraine which is usually inherited from either parent and in most cases a change in their diet is necessary for prevention (not cure) of a migraine attack.

Christine - posted on 03/27/2009

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Thank you to all who have posted comments. He did just start school (Kindergarden) and he has started reading. He had an eye exam last year before starting, but since he started reading it might be that eye problems have developed (I do have really bad eye sight).

I also am plaqued with migraines; but I have different catalysts (not eating that day, stress about life, working in front of the computer to long, I know you ladies know this list can go on forever.) So far, the headache just disappeared come Sunday and he hasn't really complained since. But I do have a Well Check visit coming up and going to see what his doc says. This isn't the first time that this is happened (within this month) so thats why it started to concern me. Hopefully I can get his eyes re-chked and chk his ears as well since those seem like the 2 most likely culprits at this time.



Only time will tell. Thanks again ladies!

Kristin - posted on 03/26/2009

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There are a lot of reasons and a lot of choices in treating migraines.  My suggestion is to follow your own gut feeling when it comes to what you think may be causing these.  Family, friends, and Dr. will lead you in hundreds of directions while trying to help the best they can.  I found utimately follow my instinct as a mother was the best thing I personally could have done.



For my son, due to being on antibiotics for ear infections, he had "Candida" (or too much yeast).  I put my son on a strict Yeast Free Diet and within a couple of days his headaches disappeared.  I kept him on this diet for awhile (very tough diet - very worth it) and then had him on the Feingold Diet (can find on Internet).  He eats what he wants now with no restrictions and has never had a reoccurance of migraines.

Joy - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter started getting headaches a couple yrs ago and it turned out she needed glasses really bad and i had no idea. Allergies also cause her headaches at times. Hope all is well.

Tobie - posted on 03/23/2009

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I agree with Lisa - diet plays a HUGE role in keeping them at bay. There are so many triggers they are impossible to name them all here. Some are just simple everyday things you never think about. My son has done a wonderful job of staying away from his triggers, he's put himself on a mostly vegetarian diet (hates for anything to die) and that has helped tremendously.

Lisa - posted on 03/23/2009

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Citric Acid and Monosodium Glutemate are HUGE triggers for Migraines. I went to MHNI in Ann Arbor when I was younger to be treated by the best specialist for this in the US. I had to be in the hospital for 3 weeks and taken off ALL foods and Meds (other doctors had me on many of them) and they started giving me a lot of knowledge on ways to treat without meds-meds were last resort. Those two triggers were taken out of everyones diet though. And honestly-when I walked out of the hospital my mom said it was the first time in years she had seen me smile since I was always in pain. Start reading the labels-MOST things have these in it but you will find taking it out of the diet is easier than watching your little one in pain. I had too take them out of my sons diet when his started and it helped him too. We still take him to Grand Rapids for the worst ones but they are much less often and we are able to work with it now.

Heather - posted on 03/23/2009

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my cousin fell and hit his head when he was young and growing up he always had headaches from that

Lisa - posted on 03/23/2009

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My 9 year old also has migraines. He has suffered from them for about 4 yrs now. They are generally passed down so if you or his father has had migraines then it is entirely possible. Devos Pediatrics in Grand Rapids have many ideas to work with the issue.

Tobie - posted on 03/23/2009

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Quoting Michelle:



If anyone has any advice for me I would love to here it thanks






Michelle,



I have suffered from migraines since I was in high school and my oldest son suffered from them for a while, but he did sort of grow out of them.  He only gets them about once a year now.  We only had to treat his most severe with migraine meds and the more minor ones we were able to treat with motrin.  Apparently it's common for boys to outgrow migraines - not so much for girls sadly.  My younger son has more severe migraines than my oldest and will get them several times a month if he doesn't take his migraine meds.  Believe me - I didn't want to put him on anything strong, but he absolutely had no life and was completely miserable.  I was especially wary because I've taken many, many of the meds out there.  Thankfully we were able to get him on a low dose preventive medication that has brought his migraines down to once a month, twice at the most, and we are usually able to treat them with a little higher than normal dose of motrin and don't always have to pull out the big gun meds.  A plus is that one of the benefits to his preventive med is that it also helps to treat his mild touretts and keeps it from being too severe.  Hopefully we won't ever have to medicate him for that as I understand the side effects for those meds are quite strong.



 



Anyway, I said all that just to let you know I understand where you're coming from and I completely "feel" your pain.  As long as she is responding well to the current treatment keep going as you are.  If the time comes when you do have to increase her to a stronger medication regimen, don't worry too much.  If you have the right doctor he'll worry about her just as much as you do.  Just do your research and make sure the benefits will outweigh the risks.

Helen - posted on 03/23/2009

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just to be synical - is he having trouble at school and doesn't want to go or has he spent to much time to close a computer screen?

Michelle - posted on 03/23/2009

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it can be alot of things my * year old startes complaing with her head when she was 5 and we took her to her peds dr he got us in to a nuro and we had to wright down what she was eating for a week he done a mri and a mra they found that she had bad migraines at this time we can atill treat with mot and tyn but as she is gettig older we will have to put her on meds for them my husband and myself believed the side eff. from the migraine med are far more dangeres for her .I am look my self on help wiyh that !! But my addvice to you is get her in asap to get her checked the head is something to not play with !! Best of luck to you . If anyone has any advice for me I would love to here it thanks

Tara - posted on 03/23/2009

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headaches can be caused by inner ear problems...eye sight, dehydration, lack of sleep,  blood clots......etc....lots of things.....migrains are really a  possibility too, teething can even cause some.,.,,,make sure to see a dr. about it because should your son have a growth on his eye or something else wrong....somethings can be very serious and you want to catch it quickly ...,alot of people look at headaches like they are nothing.....but headaches can be the first of many simptoms for some very severe problems.....I would tend to be concerned with your son because they havent subsided even with help......I personaly would take him to see a doc if they last more than a third day!!!  just an oppinion!  not trying to scare you ....but better to be safe than sorry.

Sara - posted on 03/23/2009

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Could he be dehydrated? Or maybe it could be his vision? Has he had an eye exam?

Alyssa - posted on 03/23/2009

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I'm with Aabya...



My nephew was always telling my sister he had headaches but never told her he could not see well. That was the only way he knew things should look. So she took him to get his eyes checked and sure enough, he needed glasses! Maybe it's his eyesight as well?

Allyson P - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter has been having headaches for several days as well. Just yesterday it dawned on me that she may be having allergies. I gave her a children's antihistimine and that did the trick. Of course, it caused her to become very drowsy and she slept a good portion of the afternoon. Today, because she had to go to school, I gave her a non-drowsy allergy relief medication.

Before you try this with your son, you might ask him if he feels stuffy. Or you can check for other symptoms for yourself - is he sneezing, running nose, sniffling, etc? Does his eyes look puffy, red, swollen, etc?

Good luck with this.

Aabya - posted on 03/23/2009

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Have you gotton his eyes checked? Maybe it's his eyesight. My son was complaining headaces and it was due to his eyesight.

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2009

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is he dehydrated...



if he won't drink straight water add a lil at a time to his juice.

Tobie - posted on 03/23/2009

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I'm definitely not an expert by any means, but my 10 yr old suffers from migraines, as do I. It is quite possible that your son is starting with these as well, especially if anyone in the family has them. But, the best route would be to take him to his doctor to rule out any other cause. They'll suggest all the routine things, eye exam, etc. And may even suggest some of the more scarey things depending on his symptoms, MRI, CT, blood work. These are nothing to be alarmed about because they usually don't come up with anything, they are just done to rule out anything out of the ordinary.

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