my son is complaining of headaches, should I be worried?

Monica - posted on 03/05/2012 ( 14 moms have responded )




my almost five year had a head concussion last January, since then he has complained about headaches. When I ask him, where it hurts, he pretty much points all over the head. We have taken him to a neurologist and had an MRI done on him in September; everything came back fine. Often times, he says he doesn't feel good and when my husband and I probe for more information he normally says his head hurts. Although, Ihave been told that he might be doing it to get attention or to get out of a nap or going to bed, i cant help but worry. Has anyone ever experience this? Migraines do run in the family, but this young and so frequent it doesnt seem normal to me...


Abner G - posted on 11/14/2012




Hello My name is Abner from Ohio. My son has a headache since Last Thursday Today is Wednesday November 14 201. At first on Thursday I thought He was making some excuses for not going to school. On that day His teacher call me to pick him up because my son was complaining of headache. I took my son to his Pediatrician on Monday November 12. She said he is too young for a cat scan or MRI. She prescribed him Tylenol and a headache diary. I am writing each time he has a headache. last night He did not sleep well. I took my son to the emergency room The Doctor did a strep test and gave so medication fro nausea and vomiting because he felt like he was going to vomit. The Doctor send my son home I am concerned any advise please. I did not took his headache serious because my son lie so much. Any advise please

LISA - posted on 03/21/2012




my 2 son's now 15 and 13..have headaches on a regular basis also..they done mri's and everything..but come to find out they have real bad allergies....they have the yr round they put them on zyrtec and if they take it everyday they dont have em but if they skip a dose then the head aches return.....even tho he had a concussion it could have turned out to be allergies.....have ur dr to refer him to a ear nose and throat dr....itt's done wonder's for mine.....just a suggestion...

U WOULD B SURPRISED AT THE THINGS KID'S CAN DO FOR ATTENTION TO...LOL...i have 6 kids there ages range from 18 to 6.....i have heard some dang good ones all is well with ur son....

Misty - posted on 03/07/2012




I agree with Becky about the getting his eyes checked. Also playing video games or looking at a computer will do that to my kids sometimes. I have a 10 yr old that has had migraine since he was 5 they gave me some meds for him. I try to give him a coke before the meds because caffiene is a natural way to help with them. His are triggered mainly sinus and allergies tho so you may want to watch and see if your child has them when he is having this problem also. that being said I have 4 kids and they all complain bout something when they want attention so just go with what your gut tells you. If you are still worried about your child keep pushing the doctors moms usually aren't wrong when it's their babies.

Becky - posted on 03/07/2012




If he is having them frequently, I would look into getting his eyes checked. When my oldest needed glasses, she complained of headaches constantly. She would cry and didn't want to go to school. Once she got her glasses, she became a whole new person.

Bonnie - posted on 03/06/2012




I wouldn't stress over it, but I would have him checked again. He is only 5 years old. I have never heard of a 5 year old having any headaches unless they are sick.


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Kay - posted on 03/20/2012




Dayna, I was just about to suggest that! Great minds. :)

Monica, I had the same issues at that age. I went from loving my parents reading me the Hobbit, to despising and throwing fits when Mom tried to get me to read Dick & Jane books, because my head would hurt so bad. It would hurt for hours, almost daily. Turns out I had (and still have) terrible vision, and it was the eyestrain that was giving me the headaches. If you have had everything else checked and not that, you may want to look into it.

Tracy - posted on 03/13/2012




Yup, I'm with Becky. My BF's 7 yr old son was complaining of headaches quite frequently. Once they took him ot the eye DR. they found out he was +7 in one eye!!! Since then he only gets headaches when he sits too long in front of the Video Game (8hrs at times, grrrrrr) His reading also has improved greatly.

Shannon - posted on 03/11/2012




My son started having severe headaches which resulted in vomitting when he was four. Though the location of the headaches (center of his head) was unusual, the doctor diagnosed him with migraines. I started tracking his dietary intake and his activity to see if I could determine any triggers. His triggers are nitrates, dehyrdation, and over exposure to the sun. I'd advise you to start keeping track of food and activity. As strange as it may sound, constipation can cause headaches, too. And, I'll second the person above who suggested an eye exam. From my own childhood experiences, eye strain was the major cause of my headaches.

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My daughter got a concussion in March 2010 (3rd grade) and for about a year or year and a half she had much more frequent headache complaints than normal.

If the MRI came back fine I wouldn't worry too much. Encourage him to rest when he has a headache and if the complaint is too severe let him have some Tylenol/ibuprofen. And, of course, continue to monitor the situation based more on actions than complaints. There are days one of my girls will have a 'headache' but never stop moving... then there are the days one has a headache and doesn't want to get off the couch. You can learn which complaints should be taken seriously and which ones are just for attention.... or super minor.

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2012




People can have lasting effects after concussions. The headache could certainly be due to the headache. There are more and more physicians who, due to the high amount of concussions suffered by athletes, specialize in the treatment of post-concussion problems. I would seek out a concussion specialist in your area!

Tammy - posted on 03/09/2012




My 8yr old step son complains of headaches all the time. He says he does all the time. He tells me he doesn't get enough sleep n he plays to many video games and I asked him why he don't go to bed or why he or he don't stop playing the games when it starts hurting and he says because he likes playing and he waits for us adults to tell him his time is up!

I only take him once in awhile as he is my boys brother but I love him like he was my own n if I could take him to get checked out I would! I realize so many people get in medical debt but I am on the other extreme of that. I and my sister both have had sitiutations where if we didn't bring our kids into the doctor the would have been dead within 24 hours! So sometimes as a mom you have to ask yourself is your child's life worth fighting for! N sometimes doctors are lazy so get a second opinion for a different neruologist n go to a eye doctor n a ent and a allergist then once you have done that and he is still having it maybe he needs to see a therapist to see if it anxiety Induced because if migraines start at 5 that way I can't imagine what they will be like when he will be 40. (I say this as a 40yr old that suffers from stokes induced by migraines starting when I was 28! N I lost my right side of my body n can't use my arm n leg half the time!)

I will pray for your little boy, I hope it's nothing n he just needs a little more sleep! Or it's growing pains or something!

Good luck feel free to contact me with any questions!

Deidre - posted on 03/07/2012




I am a firm believer in doing everything possible within your means to take care of the problem first. So many people rush to the ER and find themselves with so much debt and they could have prevented that by just crossing all of their T's. So, with that said: More daily water intake, Eating well rounded meals on a time schedule, making sure by all means that there is NO fever attached.

I agree he may have realized just how much everyone cared for him while he was in the hospital or immediately after his head injury. Kids pay attention a lot more than we give them credit for...

When you've crossed all your T's then yes make an appointment to see your Pediatrician. Do not go to the ER. It will waste your time and infuriate you because of how LONG you will wait because Cut limbs and gunshot wounds and Heart attack patients will be FIRST priority regardless of when the came in. Give him some more love and affection and try not to relate it to his pain. That is too easy for him to create a negative attention habit. Good luck :)

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