5 Year old with severe headache

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dphe
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   Posted 1/2/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

This is for my frnds kid, who is suffering from severe headache from past two days and the headache goes down once he takes a pain killer. He had a flu and since then a headache. But this started a week ago and then subsided for over 3-4days. Again the headache is back, without any nasal flows. But this time it started off with vomitting in the morning and the kid waking up from sleep because of headache.

Consulted some pediatricians and they ruled out Brain fever. As of now the kid is on flu medication and some pain killers. He is doing fine for 4-6hrs of pain killer affect, but his headache seems to come back in a lighter proportion after the pain killers wear out.

His headache increases while coughing or sneezing, has light fever, there is no specific area he gets the headache, he says, its paining all over his head, has vomitting and kid is active when his headache goes down. Also he doesn't have double vision issues, no stiff neck, no drowsiness, is not lethargic, doesn't have rashes yet on his body.

Doctors have told we would hold on for two more days and get a CT scan done. Is there anyway we can rule out meningitis and brain tumor? Is it okay to do a CT scan for a 5 yr old? What tests would help diagnose the issue further? Could this be just the side-effects of flu? Any ideas are welcome.

Thanks for all your answers in Advance.

Linx
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   Posted 1/2/2010 1:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello,
how is his vision some times headaches are caused by vision problems I guess I'm concerned that he might need to be seen sooner than later as doctors have a tendency to put things off sometimes when just because its' a weekend or a holidauy they should be seen sooner. The vision thing is just a thought....

nasalady
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   Posted 1/2/2010 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   
My daughter was diagnosed at the age of 4 with meningitis by lumbar puncture (spinal tap). With those symptoms that you describe I think it's very dangerous to "hold on for two more days"!! Can your friend take him to an ER and ask for a CT scan and/or a spinal tap?

The little guy is in my thoughts and prayers....

Please keep us posted!
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dphe
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   Posted 1/3/2010 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your replies and prayers.

Just to give you guys an update, he seems to be fine after he woke up from sleep after he had a pain killer and flu tablet last night. Also he doesn't seem to have problems with vision, he was tested for that by the pediatrician.


But I still feel its better to rule out problems with tests rather than assumptions. Parents are currently happy that the kid is not complaining, but it will be great to get a CT scan done. Parents are worried to put the kid through a Lumber puncture test, so that is the reason I asked whether we can do anything else to determine the same.

Will update you guys over the day. Thanks again.

Post Edited (dphe) : 1/3/2010 12:32:26 AM (GMT-7)


DebbieCrohns
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   Posted 1/5/2010 12:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dphe,
 
How is your friend's son doing?  When I read about the headaches and vomiting after a viral infection, I got worried about Reye's Syndrome, which is neurological and can be fatal.
 
Debbie

dphe
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   Posted 1/20/2010 11:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All,

Thanks again for your replies. Sorry about the delay in replying back, I didn't get a chance to get onto the forum as I was travelling most of the time. The kid is fine now. Once he took the flu tabs for two days with the pain killers, he didn't seem to have his headaches. Parents just waited for 2 more days and everything was alright. The doctor they were consulting was in constant touch with them to check whether the kids' state was worsening or was getting better. The doc had suggested to go for a CT scan if the headached didn't subside. But since the headache is gone now, they just don't want to risk the radiation affects due to CT. As of now, everything seems to be fine. Its been two weeks or more now, since the incident and the kid is playing around as he usually does.

Thanks a lot again for all your replies.

DebbieCrohns
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   Posted 1/21/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the update.  I am so glad your friend's son is OK.
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