• Nausea and vomiting is very common in children and is usually caused by a minor illness.

  • Most children with nausea and vomiting will not have a brain tumour.

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

  • Children with persistent vomiting require assessment to determine the cause.

Nausea and vomiting due to a brain tumour:

  • Will usually be persistent, occurring on most days.

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

  • Will not be accompanied by diarrhoea or a high temperature.

  • Will usually be accompanied by a headache.

In this age group, some children will not be able to describe how they feel, or may have difficulty in doing so, and you may need to look out for signs that they are unwell from how they look or behave. A child with nausea may go off their food, or may hold their hands to their stomach.

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