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People often think of headaches as only affecting adults. However, headaches in children are very common. At Cook Children's, our Pain Management team has a lot of expertise at treating headaches in children.
Headaches in children are most often caused by a minor infection, dehydration, hunger or stress. If the headaches are recurrent, they’re likely to be one of the primary headaches, such as tension headaches, migraine or chronic daily headache.
If your child is experiencing headaches that are progressive (worsening), or associated with other prominent or worsening symptoms, an urgent medical evaluation is needed. Fortunately, those types of headaches are rare.
Chronic daily headaches (CDH) is used to describe migraine and tension-type headaches that occur more than 15 days a month for more than three months. CDH may be caused by an infection, minor head injury or taking pain medications — even nonprescription pain medications — too often (this is called a rebound effect).
Your doctor will likely examine your child for signs of illness, infection or neurological problems and ask about your headache history.
In rare cases, your child may undergo imaging tests such as a CT scan or MRI.
CT scans are almost never necessary for diagnosing the cause of chronic, ongoing, stable headaches (or headaches that come and go in a regular pattern). Imaging is useful for acute, once-in-a-lifetime headaches, headaches associated with other symptoms (like seizures or neurologic problems), or progressive headaches that are getting worse and worse.
If your child is referred to Cook Children's Pain Management program for treatment, our team of experts will work to determine the cause of your child's chronic daily headaches, such as tension or migraine, and create a treatment plan that you and your child are comfortable with.
The general treatment principles of chronic daily headache include:
If your child is suffering from pain, you probably have lots of questions. We can help. If you would like to schedule an appointment, refer a patient or speak to our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-7246.