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Advice Needed: Hello My 6 year old son has a headache basically...

Posted by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 7:50 PM
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Hello, My 6 year old son has a headache basically 3-4 days out of the week. Always in the same area and sometimes involves throwing up. Doctor advises MRI (scheduling it tomorrow) They say children this young don't get headaches. Anyone else have a young child with recurring headaches?

Obviously, this is concerning me. My oldest is a 12 year old girl and she didn't get headaches until she was around 10 and his started around his turning 6. They can occur at school or home, no known allergies and they are always above his right eve on the forehead bone area- once in a while on left side but no where else. Vision test at Pediatrican and school are okay- didn't have a full blown eye exam at eye doctor yet.

Anyone with experience or medical expertise feel free to comment. I am taking him again tomorrow to Pediatrician and scheduling an MRI.

Thank you guys in advance.

UPDATE::

My son had brain MRI and it came back normal for brain Thank God.

The MRI showed fluid in mastoid bone and sinus cells inside bone? Doctor called and that is what he said. He wants us to follow up with ENT for this and then I believe we will address the headaches as migraines. He wants me to take him to ENT soon to address this first. Thank you all again for all your good help.

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knagsmom
by Member on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:05 PM
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Start a headache journal. It will be something the doctor will want you to do. My daughter was 5 and had migraines everyday and people doctors included would say I was wrong but finally they sent her to a specialist that diagnosed her with migraines this summer and ahe takes an everyday med and an emergency med if when happens.
huskermom98
by Silver Member on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:09 PM
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Headaches in the same spot usually mean migraines--the headache journal sounds like a good idea.  I only got migraines when I was on the pill, but I can't imagine getting them at age 6--hope you find some answers and soon.

wordsmith1271
by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

Great advice. I have been writing down when he gets them but I need to be a little more organized with that.

Its scary when the doctors basically say its un heard of for a child this age to have a headache.

He did tell me that if MRI was clear he would probably diagnose as early onset migraines.

Thank you so much for your reply and help.

knagsmom
by Member on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:16 PM
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Yes its hard to imagine but kids this young can get migraines I was 4 when mine started. Mil was young too. So I knew I wasn't lying when they finally said I was right I wanted to cry but with the meds and working with her diet we've kept her pretty much only having them half the month instead of the whole month. I hope your son gets some relief soon. Also try hot or cold compress they helped alittle and black out curtains

Quoting wordsmith1271:

Great advice. I have been writing down when he gets them but I need to be a little more organized with that.


Its scary when the doctors basically say its un heard of for a child this age to have a headache.


He did tell me that if MRI was clear he would probably diagnose as early onset migraines.


Thank you so much for your reply and help.

wordsmith1271
by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:24 PM

 Wow, I feel so bad for you too that is so young. The doctor asked if there was a family history and I wasn't sure how to answer because I do get nasty headaches and see the "sparkles" sometimes beforehand but sometimes they are cycle related so not sure if what I have is a migraine or not and I never get them on the front forehead bone area where his are at.

I really appreciate your help on this. Hope you and your daughter have less and less of them!

Cmgmqmmom
by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM
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I would also have an actual eye exam done, by an eye doctor.
themaurer7
by on Oct. 15, 2014 at 10:05 PM
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Just because it's not common doesn't mean it doesn't ever happen. You have described a migraine perfectly. A headache journal is a must so you can see if anything certain thing triggers it. Record, bed time, when he gets up, foods, everything. Hydration is a big thing. For my son, when he is off his sleep schedule or not hydrated enough, he can get a migraine. If the neurologist isn't doing enough, find another.
wordsmith1271
by on Oct. 16, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Yes, I agree. He is getting more and more sick on the stomach everyday with or without the headache and waking up sick. That was some of their concern too. I agree age isn't always right on target. My fiancee had his first heart attack at 29 and I had colon polyp (precancerous type) at age 36. We were both a little ahead of schedule for those kinds of issues!

Back to my son, yes I agree with hydration also. Hopefully MRI will reveal nothing and we can treat migraines.

jamianne
by Silver Member on Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM
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I agree with the others who said to keep a headache journal for possible triggers.

Also take him for a comprehensive eye exam.  I began getting migraines in college that were the result of astigmatism.  The basic eye exam never caught it.  Once I got glasses they stopped.

Good luck!  I hope you get some answers soon!

Jadegirl1819
by Bronze Member on Oct. 16, 2014 at 8:06 AM
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The eye test at school and ped are a joke.  I'm surprised that wasn't done before an MRI.  That's crazy.  

My son gets sinus headaches.  Has for a few years.  He's 9.

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