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What causes persistent headaches after swimming?

My 9yr old daughter went swimming yesterday. After we arrived home she complained about a headache. I told her to lay down for a few and it should get better. She was up within 15mins and said she wanted to go to the hospital because the pain was so bad. My husband has a history of migraines so I gave her some ibuprofen and she slept for about 2hrs and was back up again. I checked on her all night and this morning she is complaining about pain in the top of her head. Thought I maybe sinus problems but she said there is no pain or pressure in eyes or cheeks, just in the top of her head when she lays or bends down. I don t know if I should take her to the hospital or wait it out. Please help..
Mon, 9 Nov 2020
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hi,

With your husband's history of migraines it is very likely that your daughter is having the beginning of similar symptoms. Rapid changes in temperature to the head, such as when your daughter was swimming can cause vascular spasm of the blood vessels and is a known cause of migraines. That being said, and I do feel this is the likely scenario, I am not about to dismiss your daughter's complaint. To err on the safe side, I would recommend that she be seen, if not at the hospital then at least by her pediatrician. I think that is the safest course of action.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. David Girardi, Internal Medicine Specialist
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What causes persistent headaches after swimming?

Hi, With your husband s history of migraines it is very likely that your daughter is having the beginning of similar symptoms. Rapid changes in temperature to the head, such as when your daughter was swimming can cause vascular spasm of the blood vessels and is a known cause of migraines. That being said, and I do feel this is the likely scenario, I am not about to dismiss your daughter s complaint. To err on the safe side, I would recommend that she be seen, if not at the hospital then at least by her pediatrician. I think that is the safest course of action. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. David Girardi, Internal Medicine Specialist