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Headsmart
be brain tumour aware

HeadSmart is a project that aims to enhance the awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.

 

The aim of the HeadSmart campaign is to reduce the time it takes to diagnose children and young people with brain tumours in the UK by educating healthcare professionals and the public about the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.

 

Reducing the time to diagnosis should reduce the long term disability that many children and young people diagnosed with a brain tumour currently experience.

Symptoms

This information is designed to help you know and spot the signs an d symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.

Click on the Symptoms to find out more.

 

Under 5 Pre-School

Symptoms include...

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Abnormal balance / walking / co-ordination

Abnormal eye movements

Behaviour change, particularly lethargy

Fits or seizures (not with a fever)

Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

 

5-11 Children

Symptoms include...

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Persistent / recurrent headache

Abnormal balance / walking / co-ordination

Abnormal eye movements

Blurred or double vision

Behaviour change

Fits or seizures

Abnormal head position such as wry neck, head tilt or stiff neck

 

12-18 Young People

Symptoms include...

Persistent / recurrent vomiting

Persistent / recurrent headache

Abnormal eye movements

Blurred or double vision

Abnormal balance / walking / co-ordination

Behaviour change

Fits or seizures

Delayed or arrested puberty

 

Additional Symptoms to be aware of:

Reduced consciousness

Diabetes insipidus (excessive drinking and urination)

Abnormal growth

 

If your child has one of these, see your doctor. If two or more ask for an “urgent referral”, especially if puberty is slow (12-18 only).

Please remember any child or young person needing urgent medical help should be taken to the nearest emergency department or dial 999.

Further information

Fortunately brain tumours in children and young people are rare, but they happen.

 

Since the launch of HeadSmart in 2011, the time from symptoms presenting to diagnosis has fallen from 9.1 weeks to 6.9 weeks. Our goal is to reduce this further, to five weeks or less.

 

HeadSmart is multi-award-winning campaign, winning five awards during the last 18 months.

 

For more information on how to be Head-smart or about the campaign or to find out how you could get involved and help with our work, please visit our website: www.headsmart.org.uk

If you would like to speak to someone about brain tumours or the HeadSmart campaign please

contact our Support & Info Line on: 0808 800 0004 (free from landlines & most mobiles)

or email: info@headsmart.org.uk

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Finding Us

The Brain Tumour Charity
Hartshead House
Farnborough, Hampshire
GU14 7PA