Symptom Home Care Guides

Headache

Headaches in kids can be the result of a variety of factors. Here's some information to help you care for your child's headache at home or to help you decide if you need to go to a provider.

Common causes of headache you can care for at home:

  • Mild-moderate illnesses
  • Mild dehydration
  • Stress or anxiety

Home care tips for a headache:

  • Try to get your child to drink fluids
  • Give them some ibuprofen (for children older than 6 months) or Tylenol if appropriate
  • A cool compress on the forehead can also be helpful in reducing discomfort
  • If the headache continues to worsen after an hour, consider visiting your child's primary care provider or a pediatric urgent care

Causes of headache that require a visit with a medical professional:

  • Headache after an injury, particularly a head injury. If your child is not responsive, vomiting, or seems to be acting very strangely or sleepy after a head injury, take them to an emergency room
  • Headache and fever greater than or equal to 100.4°F in a child under 2 years old and more than 101° F degrees in a child over 2 years old
  • Headache in addition to vomiting

This symptom guide is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think your child may have a life threatening emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

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