How is pediatric headache treated?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Some authors believe that early diagnosis and prompt initiation of optimal treatments (abortive and preventive) lead to better treatment outcome and prognosis and less disability for children and adolescents with migraine. [30] However, much less data are available for the pediatric age group than for adults. [43]

Treatment of a secondary headache is focused on its specific cause, but an additional, symptomatic therapy may be useful as long as the cause has not yet been eradicated. As for a primary headache, always consider a preventative treatment and a symptomatic therapy.

The short-term goals of therapy for migraine and tension-type headache are to relieve pain, alleviate nausea, and promote sleep. The long-term goals are to improve the patient’s quality of life by reducing the frequency and severity of headache episodes. The treatment of chronic daily headache (CDH) combines therapies that are used for tension-type and migraine headache.

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