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A 27-year-old female asked about a 6-year-old male:

my six year old son has been complaining of recurring head ache that lasted about 5 seconds each time. he said it has been going on for few days..he didn't tell me until today. usually happens when he runs... it also happened when he got up from a sitting

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Dr. Deborah Ungerleider
Pediatrics 36 years experience
You should take: him to his doctor today (or tomorrow if your doctor is not in now.) If he has any vomiting, loss of consciousness, history of trauma, seizure, stiff neck, high fever he should be seen in the ER tonight. There are many possible causes of headaches, but it's always somewhat concerning when a young child has one. It may not be serious, but needs to be checked.
Dr. Chad Rudnick
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Broad differential: Headache in a 6yo can be caused by many things. Important factors are location of pain, duration of symptoms, if pain moves to other areas, and any underlying medical problems. Because of the wide range of possibilities, he should be evaluated by his pediatrician to have a complete history and evaluation.

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Last updated Sep 29, 2016

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