CHILDHOOD HEADACHE

CHILDHOOD HEADACHE

Headache is a problem of adults…. Can children get headaches?


By the time children reach high school, most young people have
experienced some type of headache. However, once your child’s physician
discovers the cause and type of the headache, many safe and effective approaches or medications
can prevent a headache from occurring or stop it after it has started


What are the different types of headache?

Headaches are generally classified as primary (ie headache itself is a disease) and secondary to
other illness and represent one of the symptom of other illness.
The common types of primary headaches are migraine and tension type headache. Secondary
headaches are associated with an infectious illness or are related to an injury.


What Causes Headaches in Children and Teens?


Most kids get them because of an illness, infection (like a cold), or a fever. For
example, sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses) and infections of the throat or ear can trigger
headaches. Refractory errors are another common causes of headache in children.
Some children also have headache due to migraine.


Is my headache migraine?

Migraine is the most common form of headache, but not all headaches are migraines. The term
“migraine” refers to a headache which is usually (but not always) on one side of the head. It is a
headache that lasts from two to seventy-two hours, typically, and it is often associated with
nausea and/or vomiting, sensitivity to light and/or sound. The character of the pain is typically a
throbbing pain

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