Early School Health Radio Shows Safety — 29 January 2014

When should a child’s headache be seen by a doctor.


It’s easy to feel worried when a child has a headache.  And headaches that worsen or occur frequently, are accompanied by vomiting, visual changes, or a fever and stiff neck should be seen by a doctor.  But generally, headaches in children are caused by the same thing as headaches in adults says Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children. “About one in every ten children have headaches.  Many parents don’t think that headaches occur in children but it’s fairly common and in fact, the commonest cause of headaches is similar to adults, which are headaches associated with anxiety or stress or so-called tension headaches. Some times it’s due to tension at home, pressure by parents, sometimes it’s problems with other peers. So headaches, just like stomach aches in children are a fairly common thing and often related to stress. The difficult thing is trying to get to the source of the headaches and the source of the anxiety and tension. Sometimes that’s difficult to elicit.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Dr. Saul Greenberg, pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children.
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