Most headaches go away on their own and are not a sign of something more serious.
Headaches can last between 30 minutes and several hours.
do not drink alcohol
do not skip meals (even if you might not feel like eating anything)
do not sleep more than you usually would – it can make the headache worse
do not strain your eyes for a long time – for example, by looking at a screen
You or your child has a severe headache and:
Also get an urgent GP appointment or call 111 if your child is under 12 and has any 1 of the following:
You or your child has an extremely painful headache and:
Also call 999 or go to A&E if your child is under 12 and has any 1 of the following:
The most common reasons are:
Page last reviewed: 09-02-2021
Next review due:09-02-2024