Pediatric Concussion-Related Headache

Pediatric Concussion-Related Headache

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Summary

Headaches can occur when the brain is injured and concussed due to a head trauma.

Expanded Overview

Head pain after a concussion occurs when the brain is injured due to a traumatic event that violently knocks the brain in the skull.

A child can develop a headache hours or days after a concussion. The injury can result in swelling, pools of blood or fluid, or aneurysms in the brain, or referred pain from a neck or back injury.

Most concussion-related head pain will pass within a week. Pain that lasts longer can be a symptom of a serious issue or a different type of headache, like a migraine or cluster headache.

Causes

Causes of a concussion-related headache can result from a fall, impact or other occurrences that shake the head.

Symptoms

The main symptom is head pain, but other concussion-related signs can include:

  • Balance issues
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Problems concentrating
  • Sensitivity to light or noise
  • Sleep disruption

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