A headache is an ache or pain in the head that lasts for more than a few minutes. Headaches can affect a person's ability to function. Sometimes they are a symptom of another disorder.

Behaviors that may be telling you about headaches:

  • Head banging
  • Eyes or head rubbing
  • Restlessness
  • Behavior improves in a dark, quiet room
  • Behavior improves after a nap
  • Behavior is worse in brightly lit areas, or when outside on sunny day
  • Motion sickness
  • Sometimes dislikes loud music, other loud sounds

Other factors that may indicate the presence of headaches:

  • Family history of severe headaches or migraines
  • Tender scalp
  • Vision disturbances
  • Complexion changes such as becoming pale or flushed
  • Vomiting
  • Use of birth control pills

Do you think someone's behavior may be telling you about headaches? Talk with your doctor or other health care provider. They can work with you to learn whether this is the case.