Kids Get Headaches Too
Kids Get Headaches Too
Childhood Headache Tips for Parents
Pay Attention to a Headache
Find Headache Relief
Take It Easy
Tell Teachers and School Staff
The Headache Diary
- What does the headache feel like?
- Where is the pain located?
- Does your headache appear without warning or are there signs of it coming, such as weakness, nausea, dizziness, or sensitivity to light or noise?
- Do you see bright lights, blind spots, or changes in vision?
- Do headaches occur after eating certain foods or drinking certain beverages (eg, soft drinks with caffeine, pizza, or chocolate)?
- Do certain situations, events, or physical activity produce a headache?
- When do the headaches occur—once a week, twice a week, once a month?
- Does anyone else in your family have headaches?
When Is Further Evaluation Necessary?
- Weakness, visual or speech difficulties, or a change in personality
- Vomiting in association with headaches
- Headaches that awaken a child in the morning
- Headaches associated with abnormal findings on a doctor’s physical exam
- Headaches in association with excessive urination or unusually early development of puberty (or failure to menstruate when expected)
- Headaches that worsen steadily in severity or frequency over days or weeks, change in a long-established pattern of headache, or the onset of a “worst ever” severe headache
- Headache associated with depression or anxiety (Further evaluation generally focuses on the anxiety or depression unless headaches meet one or more of the criteria above.)
American Academy of Pediatrics http://www.aap.org/
National Headache Foundation http://www.headaches.org/
Headache Network Canada http://www.headachenetwork.ca/
Help for Headaches http://www.headache-help.org/
Children's headaches: an informative guide for young sufferers, their parents, and school health professionals. National Headache Foundation website. Available at: http://www.headaches.org/educational%5Fmodules/childrensheadache/chhome.html. Accessed June 18, 2012.
Headaches. Nemours Foundation website. Available at: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/aches/headache.html. Accessed June 18, 2012.
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 06/2012 -
- Update Date: 01/02/2014 -