22. Management of Headache in Children

  1. Matthew S. Robbins MD,
  2. Brian M. Grosberg MD and
  3. Richard B. Lipton MD
  1. Oranee Sanmaneechai1 and
  2. Karen Ballaban-Gil2

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch22

Headache

Headache

How to Cite

Sanmaneechai, O. and Ballaban-Gil, K. (2013) Management of Headache in Children, in Headache (eds M. S. Robbins, B. M. Grosberg and R. B. Lipton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch22

Editor Information

  1. Montefi ore Headache Center, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

  2. 2

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefi ore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654729

Online ISBN: 9781118678961

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Keywords:

  • Headache;
  • migraine;
  • tension-type headache;
  • pediatric;
  • children;
  • adolescent

Summary

Headache is one of the most common problems in children and particularly in adolescents in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Unique challenges to making a diagnosis include the fact that young children may have difficulty describing and recalling their headache and associated symptoms. Therefore, headache in children is often unrecognized, under diagnosed and under treated. Familiarity with common headache syndromes in children combined with careful history taking from parents, and a thorough examination is crucial to exclude secondary etiologies and making the appropriate diagnosis. Knowledge of the variety of acute, prophylactic, and nonpharmacologic treatments of primary headache disorders is crucial to the success of managing headache in the pediatric age group.