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Nausea and vomiting

Many children experience nausea and vomiting as part of a minor illness and most of the time it will not be a symptom of a brain tumour.

When might nausea and vomiting be a symptom of a brain tumour?

If your child is regularly experiencing nausea (feeling sick) and vomiting (being sick) and has other brain tumour signs or symptoms, you should make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible.

Signs to look out for:

  • your child is experiencing nausea and vomiting regularly, on most days
  • it wakes your child up, or occurs when they wake up
  • your child does not have diarrhoea or a high temperature
  • your child also has a headache.

Sometimes young children might have trouble explaining how they feel so you might notice visual signs such as they have gone off their food or are holding their stomach.

If you're concerned about your child you should make an appointment with a GP as soon as possible.

I think I have a brain tumour, what should I do?

Brain tumours are rare, however, if you're worried and a symptom persists or if your child has more than one symptom of a brain tumour then:

  • Talk to your doctor
    GP appointments are usually quite short, so make sure you find out how to best prepare for your child's appointment.
  • Get an eye test
    If your child's symptoms are limited to changes in vision and/or headaches, get their eyes tested by an optician before seeing your GP.
  • Go to A&E
    If the symptoms are sudden or severe, you should go to your emergency department or call 999.

Should I speak to a doctor during the coronavirus pandemic?

We understand you may feel worried about seeking help from your GP during the coronavirus pandemic – but please don't delay speaking to a healthcare professional.

The NHS and your GP are still here for you and have made changes that make it easier to safely speak to a healthcare professional and get medical help if you need it.

It's more important than ever for you to prepare for your appointments by understanding what might happen during the appointment and what questions you want to ask.

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