The symptoms of childhood brain and spinal cord tumors are not the same in every child.
Headaches and other symptoms may be caused by childhood brain and spinal cord tumors. Other conditions may cause the same symptoms. A doctor should be consulted if any of the following problems occur:
- Morning headache or headache that goes away after vomiting
- Frequent nausea and vomiting
- Vision, hearing, and speech problems
- Loss of balance and trouble walking
- Unusual sleepiness or change in activity level
- Unusual changes in personality or behavior
- Increase in the head size (in infants)
Spinal Cord Tumors
- Back pain or pain that spreads from the back towards the arms or legs
- A change in bowel habits or trouble urinating
- Weakness in the legs
- Trouble walking
In addition to these symptoms of brain and spinal cord tumors, some children are unable to reach certain growth and development milestones such as sitting up, walking, and talking in sentences.
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