Many children will show changes in behaviour on some occasions. These might be related to changes in their home or school life, developing into adolescence or ill health.
When changes in behaviour are caused by a brain tumour, a child will usually have other symptoms. You should look out for these carefully.
Behaviour changes related to a brain tumour are likely to happen often, over a period of days or weeks and in different settings, such as school, home, while playing or on a trip away.
The most common behaviour changes in children caused by a brain tumour are severe tiredness and reduced energy. This is sometimes called lethargy. Signs of lethargy include:
If you're worried about your child, make an appointment with your GP as soon as possible. If they have two or more symptoms, you should request referral to a consultant as soon as possible.
If symptoms appear suddenly or are severe, visit A&E or call 999.
Brain tumours are rare, however, if you're worried, if a symptom persists or if your child has more than one of these symptoms then: