Headaches in children are common and usually aren't serious. Like adults, children get the same types of headaches that adults do, such as tension headaches and migraines. They can be dull and throbbing, sharp and pinpointed, and last for a few minutes or a few days. Most headaches in children are due to an illness, infection, cold, or fever.
Children do get headaches. They usually say, “My head hurts.” Causes of headaches in children may stem from an illness or a viral infection. In the older child, it could be related to over-excitement, tension, stress or a vision problem.
For a mild headache, lay your child down in a quiet darkened room with a cool face washer on their forehead. If the headache persists, give paracetamol, such as Panadol®, for temporary relief, and watch them closely.
Some headaches could be the sign of something more serious. If your child has a severe or recurrent headache, or complains of a headache along with a fever, drowsiness or vomiting – contact your doctor or local hospital immediately.