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I have a nephew who's 5 years old and complains about sudden head pain. He describes it as a burning feeling and cries until its over. The only thing is that these episodes only last a few minutes.

We was born prematurely at 33 weeks and he has an identical twin.

Any thoughts?

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replied October 29th, 2009
Headache and Migraines Answer A7684
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth's Ask a Doctor forum.

Sudden headache in a 5 year old that feels like burning can either be an attention seeking trick (since he also has a twin) or it could be due to migraine. The possibility of a brain tumor should be looked into if there are neurological signs or vomiting.

If by diverting his mind into activities that he enjoys he is able to overcome the pain, then you need to seek counseling and spend more time with him. Generally with twins it is difficult for parents to give undivided attention to both.

If this does not help, then you need to consult a neurologist and first migraines need to be ruled out. Hope this helps. Take care!

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