Headache in Children

Headache in Children

Migraine in Children vs Adults

There are no hard-fast rules, but the following differences would not be atypical:

  • Attacks usually shorter in children (usually less than 24 hours)
  • Headache not as severe, or in some children not present at all
  • Headache more likely to be on both sides of head in children
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms are usually more prominent in children
  • Equally prominent in boys before puberty. Thereafter, three times more common in girls

 

Why Take Headache in Children Seriously?

  • The child’s school performance may decline
  • Headaches can be debilitating, affecting the child’s ability to participate in activities and social events
  • Relationships with friends and other family members can be affected
  • Migraine may be indicative of other trouble in the child’s life such as lack of sleep, poor diet, stress, depression, or other illness

Learning to control the condition from an early age can minimise the cost and disability involved.

Headache in Children

Headache in Children

Migraine in Children vs Adults

There are no hard-fast rules, but the following differences would not be atypical:

  • Attacks usually shorter in children (usually less than 24 hours)
  • Headache not as severe, or in some children not present at all
  • Headache more likely to be on both sides of head in children
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms are usually more prominent in children
  • Equally prominent in boys before puberty. Thereafter, three times more common in girls

 

Why Take Headache in Children Seriously?

  • The child’s school performance may decline
  • Headaches can be debilitating, affecting the child’s ability to participate in activities and social events
  • Relationships with friends and other family members can be affected
  • Migraine may be indicative of other trouble in the child’s life such as lack of sleep, poor diet, stress, depression, or other illness

Learning to control the condition from an early age can minimise the cost and disability involved.