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I think my child has a brain tumour, what should I do?

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:

  • Talk to your doctor
    GP appointments are usually quite short, find out how to best prepare for your 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.

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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. This is draft

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