Headaches in children can be caused by a number of reasons. However, it is important to understand what is causing them. With children finding it difficult to communicate their condition to adults or differentiate between an ordinary pain from a serious one, it is vital to understand what is really going on inside those tiny bodies. This article helps examine a few reasons behind headaches and why they should be diagnosed by a pediatrician.
Mild to Serious Causes of Headaches
Headaches in kids can range from simple to serious, and for a wide variety of reasons. From headaches that come with fever, to headaches with head injuries, to those with tension, migraine or sinus, the list is endless. While only less than 5% headaches are caused by serious problems, these reasons can range from meningitis, blood clots, tumor, abscess etc. It is also necessary to understand the kind of headaches your child experiences, whether they are frequent, mild, sharp, towards one side of the head or involve the entire skull.
If the headaches are frequent, do not go away in a day or two and range from mild to severe, it is best to get diagnosed by a doctor. A pediatrician will be able to assess the child’s condition, understand what is causing the pain and conduct a full examination of various conditions like ear infections, vision problems, muscle weakness, unusual blood pressure etc. To eliminate serious conditions, doctors may conduct an MRI or CT scans also.
While children may face the same symptoms as adults do, while experiencing headaches, their limited experience makes it difficult for them to differentiate between an ordinary headache from one that could mean something is seriously wrong. At times the symptoms are different and adults are unable to understand or recognize what is happening with the children. Parents and caregivers will also benefit to understand the triggers causing a child’s headache in order to provide better treatment to a suffering child.