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Acute Headache in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an acute headache?

An acute headache is pain or discomfort that may start suddenly and gets worse quickly. Your child may have an acute headache only when he or she feels stress or eats certain foods. Other acute headache pain can happen every day, and sometimes several times a day.

What are the most common types of acute headache?

What causes an acute headache in children?

The cause of your child's headache may not be known. The following conditions can trigger a headache:

How is the type of acute headache diagnosed and treated?

Your child's healthcare provider will ask your child to rate the pain on a scale from 1 to 10. Have your child show the provider where he or she feels the pain. Tell the provider how often your child has headaches and how long they last. Have your child describe any other symptoms he or she has along with headaches, such as dizziness or blurred vision.

What can I do to manage my child's symptoms?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to help my child prevent an acute headache?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my child's doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your child's care. Learn about your child's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your child's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your child. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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