When to Get Help -- Fast
It's uncommon, but a headache, especially a very bad one, can be a sign of a significant illness or injury. Go to the emergency room if?...
- Your child's terrible headache is accompanied by a fever or a stiff neck, both of which can be a symptom of meningitis.
- Your child has had a head injury and begins to vomit, has difficulty with balance, or becomes confused, all possible signs of bleeding in the brain.
- Your child has difficulty speaking, numbness, and/or eye-movement problems, all of which are symptoms of a stroke (new research shows that up to 10 percent of all strokes occur in children and young adults).
Originally published in the August 2010 issue of Parents magazine.
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