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3 year old with occasional head pain

My son is 3 years old.  Just recently he has started having pains in his head.  They don't happen very often.  Not even on a weekly basis.  When he does have them they are usually on the left side of his head, he grabs his head and cries during the pain, and the pain usually lasts about 10-20 seconds.  When the pain is over he is completely fine and is back to playing or whatever he was doing.  He has no other symptoms and is otherwise healthy and happy.  Does anyone know anything about this or do you have a child experiencing the same thing?  
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MY DAUGHTER WILL BE 3 IN MAY AND SHE HAS JUST STARTED HAVING THE VERY SAME THING,SOME DAYS IT WILL HAPPEN AFEW TIMES A DAY,OTHER TIMES NOT AT ALL.BUT SHE SCREAMS WITH PAIN EACH TIME. HAVE YOU MANAGED TO FIND OUT WHAT IT IS,IF YOU HAVE COULD YOU PLEASE LET ME KNOW. SHE IS SEEING THE DOCTOR IN THE MORNING SO I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF I FIND ANYTHING OUT.
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I haven't actually found out anything from the doctor but I have done some research online.  I have found something that fits the symptoms exactly that you might could ask the doctor about.  It is called "Ice Pick Headaches"  which is considered a form of cluster headaches and is considered a primary headache which means there is no underlying cause for it.  Please keep in touch and let me know what you find out.  If for some reason you cannot contact me on this forum my personal email address is:  ***@****

Thanks!  I am sorry to hear about your child having these pains (I know how scary it is), but it is nice to know I am not alone!
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Hiya, i took Kaitlyn to see the doctor yesterday and she couldn't work out what it is. She said there's a few pea sized glands up in the back of her heck so shes not sure if its a virus. I'm to take her back in a week if shes still having them and she'll be referred to a specialist. Hope your little boys ok,thanks for getting beck to me. I'll keep you informed on what i find out. Thanks again. Kelly
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I just found this link while surfing the web.

My son who is approximately 2 1/2 years old, has had the exact same symptons that you guys have described.

Just out of the blue, he will stop what he is doing, hold his head and scream in pain.  This scream last for about 5-10 secs, and then he is completely back to normal.

Happened about 5 times over a two week period, and then not again until 3 weeks later.

His sleep, eat, personality patterns have been completely normal.

took him to family doctor who passed us onto a pediatrician.

Saw her today, and she will have us set up for a CT Scan or an MRI, to rule out any worst case scenerio. (hopefully)

Due to age, my son will have to be sedated just ot keep him still during the process.

Wife and I are naturally worried, and realize that it is probably not going to amount to anything, however better to be safe then sorry.

I will keep you posted on the process that we are going through, but please do the same.
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Dreamkaster76-----

I am sorry to hear about your son.  It is very strange that they are all about the same age and suffering the same signs and symptoms.  Please keep us informed and I will try to do the same as things come together.  You may also reach me at my personal e-mail address that I posted previously.

Good Luck!  I will keep your son and your family in my thoughts and prayers!  
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Well,

We took my son in for an MRI last Thursday.

They had to sedate him so that he would stay completely still for the 45 minute MRI process.

They injected dye into his bloodstream along with another dye to register any other problems.

We were in hospital from 8 am - 12:30 pm.

After the MRI, it was terrible to see him waking up from the sedation.  An awful site, as you feel helpless.  The sedation medication just has to naturally work its way out of the system.

The doctor described the feeling as:

My son feeling like he was drunk and not understanding why.

They loose their balance, and have to constantly be monitored from falling and injuring themselves.

Well needless to say, we got him home, and he did not have his full balance back for two days.

As well, his eyes were swollen for the time.  He constantly looked like he was going to fall asleep.

The part he liked was eating freezes for about 3 hours straight, as you have to keep pumping liquids into them to force their body to pee the medication out.

AND NOW THE GOOD NEWS

I spoke to the doctor this morning, and was advised that my son's MRI results came back completely normal.

Although I wouldnt reccomend putting any small child through such an event, I can say that it has taken a great deal stress of my families shoulders.

We thought it would come back alright, but you never know, and its better to be safe then sorry.

Thanx for your time, and I will keep you posted should anything else arise.



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I know these postings are from months back but if anyone is reading this and has any input , i would really appreciate it.  My son is also suffering from these same symptoms.  he is 4, and i am so worried.  md thought it might be viral, but this has been going on 3 weeks with no relief. we have an appointment with a neurologist but it's not for a month.  please help!
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my 2 year and 8 month old daughter just started doing the same thing? She plays fine and happy then screams holds her head and looks at me crying? I run to her pick her up to comfort her and she cries for a bit and then seems ok again - though yesterday she sat on me a while wondering what is going on probably?! like i am!

I took her to A&E twice and they didn't know what was wrong as they checked her eyes ears and heart beat etc and all was well and ok.
It's just these odd pangs of pain she just gets suddenly out of the blue when she screams for a bit then seems ok after.
I'll ask the dr about ice pick head aches. She is at the age of toddler 'ness' where she is often banging her head into doors etc so maybe this is because of an old bang to her head?
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I experienced the same thing with my lil girl last night! She just turned 3! She was playin just fine and as I sat next to her she just grabbed the back of her head and let out this horrible scream! She was cryin so hard that she couldn't catch her breath and then 103 so seconds later she was back to her active self! I just don't underdstand what happen!
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Lol not 103 seconds 10 r so seconds!
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