Headaches, or pain in the head or face, are a common childhood complaint. Although most headaches are not life threatening, they can be uncomfortable. There are many different types of headaches. Primary headaches have no underlying cause and are classified by the location of the pain. Secondary headaches are less common and are related to other medical conditions.
If headaches are impacting your child’s performance in school, extracurricular activities or normal everyday tasks a comprehensive approach to management may be beneficial.
What You Can Expect
During your child’s visit, you will meet with a pediatric neurologist who has special training in treating headaches. Together you will:
- Review your child’s medical history
- Discuss symptoms and factors that may be contributing to headaches
- Talk about possible treatment options
It may be helpful to start a headache journal before your child’s appointment. Record the day and time that the headache occurs, how long it lasts and where it is on the pain scale. If possible, it may also be useful to record any activities happening at that time and recent food or drink.
Often, headache history is enough to start developing a treatment plan. Sometimes other screenings, such as a blood test or neuroimaging, may be necessary. Typically these checks can be completed at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
Treatment for Headaches
Our approach to treatment looks at all aspects of your child’s needs and may involve modifications to daily habits and/or medication. Your child may also meet with a rehabilitative medicine specialist or a therapist to solve any underlying issues.
If traditional treatment options are not fully able to manage your child’s headaches, we also offer non-traditional methods such as acupuncture and Botox injections.
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