• Headaches are very common and most children with a headache will not have a brain tumour.

  • Most children with a headache due to a brain tumour will have other signs or symptoms – these should be looked for carefully.

Headaches caused by a brain tumour:

  • Will usually be persistent, occurring on most days.

  • Will usually be accompanied by vomiting or another symptom.

  • May wake the child up or occur particularly when they wake up.

  • May make the child confused, disorientated, excessively tired, and/or they may be less alert/responsive at the same time as the headache.

In this age group, some children will not be able to describe how they feel or may have difficulty. Children with a headache may hold their head or neck, or try to keep their head very still. They may seem withdrawn, unsettled or agitated.

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