15 year old with daily headaches?

15 year old with daily headaches?
my 15 year old daughter has been having headaches daily for 5 or 6 weeks. Some days are worse than others.

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umm…has she been drinking enough water? she may be dehydrated?
and is she on any medication, like the contraceptive pill? this could cause headaches,
its probably nothing, but its worse checking it out with a doctor
good luck 🙂

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mylittlehellions
mylittlehellions
7 years ago

Headaches in children are common and are usually not serious. Like adults, children can develop migraines, chronic daily headaches or stress-related (tension) headaches, although their symptoms may be different.

In some cases, headaches in children are caused by an infection, high levels of stress or anxiety, or minor head trauma. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to your child’s headache symptoms and to consult a doctor if the headache worsens or occurs frequently. Headaches in children can usually be treated with over-the-counter pain medications and other lifestyle and home measures

Children get the same types of headaches that adults do, although their symptoms may be different. For example, a migraine in an adult almost always affects just one side of the head, whereas a child’s migraine often affects both sides of the head. Also, migraines in children typically don’t last as long.

Migraine
Migraines can cause:

Head pain
Nausea
Vomiting
Abdominal pain
Extreme sensitivity to light and sound
Even infants can have migraines. A child who’s too young to tell you what’s wrong may cry and hold his or her head to indicate severe pain. Migraines in children may last an hour or more.

Tension-type headache
Often, stress related, tension-type headaches feature a pressing tightness that occurs on both sides of the head. They can last from 30 minutes to several days.

Chronic daily headache
Both migraines and tension-type headaches can begin happening more frequently. If your child has headaches more than 15 days a month for more than three months, doctors call this a “chronic daily headache.” This problem can occur when your child takes pain medications — even the nonprescription variety — too frequently.

Cluster headache
This is the least common type of headache in children. It’s usually disabling and involves a sharp, stabbing pain on one side of the head that lasts less than three hours.

When to see a doctor
Seek a doctor’s advice if your child’s headaches:

Occur at least once a month
Follow an injury, such as a blow to the head
Feature persistent vomiting or visual changes
Are accompanied by fever, along with neck pain or stiffness

John
John
7 years ago

You might want to get her eyes tested, sometimes if children have bad eyesight, it can cause headaches.

Its a good idea to get her eyes checked out.

Best wishes.