Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Roxy | 2010-03-05

Q.

4-yr old has sharp pains in his head

My son (who turned 4 in Jan) has been complaining about a sharp stabbing pain on the right side of his head. This happened for the first time about 15 months ago, I think it happened 3 times and today was now the 4th time. He cries and bashes the side of his head where it hurts and says he''s got a headache...
I swore the last time that the next time this happened I would take him to the doctor. I would really like to do that but I would just like to know from you Doc, is this simply a headache? It comes and goes for about 20 - 40 minutes and then it''s completely gone. I gave him 5ml Calpol and that seemed to work.
What are you suggestions or advice?
Thank you for your assistance and time in attending to my question!!!
Kind regards,
Roxy

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are very welcome. I always take notice of any headache in a child. Your son who is only 4 years old can describe his headache remarkably well even mentioning that only one side of his head is affected. There is a strong chance that this is the early symptoms of a migraine headache. Your son should be seen by a paediatrician or preferably a paediatric neurologist.

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