headaches in children

Headaches in Children - Diagnosis & Treatment

Headaches in Children are very common and it isn't serious like in adults, In some cases, kids headaches are caused by an infection, high levels of stress or anxiety, or minor head trauma. it is important to concentrate to your child's headache symptoms and consult a doctor if the headache worsens or happens oftentimes.

Headaches are one of the most common types of pediatric pain prompting referral to pediatric neurology clinic. The prevalence of headache ranges from 20% in children younger than 5 years, 37 to 51% in seven-year-old children, gradually increasing to 57–82% by 15 years of age. Before puberty, boys are affected more frequently than girls, but after puberty, headaches occur more frequently in girls. Headache may result in significant disability, including missed school days and extra-curricular activities, suboptimal participation in regular activities, and loss of productivity.

Types of Headaches in Children

There are various types of childhood headaches but the common ones which are encountered in Pediatric Neurology Clinic include Migraine, Tension Headache, Cluster Headache and Chronic Daily Headache.

It is very important that the parents seek advice of a Child Neurologist who will carry out a proper history taking and simple bedside tests which include checking for fundi (back of the eyes) before making a diagnosis of Migraine. Neuroimaging e.g. CT or MRI Brain is not needed once a convincing history and normal neurological examination is established.

When to consult a doctor?

Wake your kid from sleep

Worsen or become additional frequent

Change your child's temperament

Change your child's temperament

Follow associate injury, like a blow to the top

Feature persistent reflex or visual changes

Are accompanied by fever and neck pain or stiffness

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