Persistent/recurrent headache

Persistent/recurrent headache


  • 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, press on their temples or try to keep their head very still. They may seem withdrawn, unsettled or agitated.

If you're concerned about their symptoms, it's best to get them checked out by your GP or book an eye check at a local optician. Further information about headaches in children can be found at NHS Choices.

Feeling Worried?

Are the symptoms exhibited persistent e.g. lasting more than two weeks?


Arrange an appointment with your GP as soon as possible


Request an immediate consultant referral as soon as possible

If the symptoms or signs are sudden onset or severe, either take them to the emergency department or call 999.