What is the actual headache phase of migraine in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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The actual headache phase of the migraine attack is usually shorter in the pediatric population than in adults; pediatric headaches can last 2 to 72 hours (whereas diagnostic criteria for migraine in adults includes duration of 4 to 72 hours). Some young patients report headaches lasting 10-20 minutes. Childhood migraine headaches are often less severe than adult migraine headaches.


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