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I can understand you anxiety, since a sick child is tough to deal with, and one with a headache always 'suggest' possible serious disease
There a few positive things though
1. he has a mild runny nose/ congestion, this can be accompanied by a headache
2. A pediatric evaluation did not find anything unusual
3. he has pointed to both sides, making a local cause less likely
I would agree with the pediatrician's advise of waiting for a couple of weeks
Actually, it is only one side.....just two different spots. Mostly above his right ear, but most recently also behind the same ear.
since further testing / neurologist appointment can be delayed for this much time in the absence of any medically worrying symptoms ....
An ear infection / inflammation in the local area is more likely
but since the pediatrician did not find anything unusual, a few more days should be appropriate in the absence of high fever, worsening headaches, vomiting, excessive irritability etc.
I just can't seem to get any information about the running/shaking head cause....ears were checked at the appointment today. Do you have any additional thoughts on this?
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From your description it does not raise a 'red flag' at present
You are welcome
The running / shaking can worsen almost any headache, and do not point to anything serious by themselves
The common cause of headache in small children include viral infections, cold, ear infections, tooth infections etc. and these are rarely serious
Thank you - again, it is hard to get answers from a four year old. He seems to only tell me about the pain after running, but no telling if it is happening when inactive. His pediatrician seemed to think the running aspect was a little strange but ultimately, didn't think it was a bad case scenario...however, as you know, there are no guarantees and that is what makes a mom worry! Thanks again.