Like adults, children experience the infections, trauma, and
stresses that can lead to headaches. In fact, research shows that
as young people enter adolescence and encounter the stresses of
puberty and secondary school, the frequency of headache increases.
Migraine headaches often begin in childhood or adolescence.
According to recent surveys, as many as half of all schoolchildren
experience some type of headache.
Children with migraine often have nausea and excessive vomiting.
Some children have periodic vomiting, but no headache--the
so-called "abdominal migraine." Research scientists have found that
these children usually develop headaches when they are older.
Physicians have many drugs to treat migraine in children.
Different classes that may be tried include analgesics,
antiemetics, anticonvulsants, beta-blockers, and sedatives. A diet
may also be prescribed to protect the child from foods that trigger
headache. Sometimes psychological counseling or even psychiatric
treatment for the child and the parents is recommended
Childhood headache can be a sign of depression. Parents should
alert the family pediatrician if a child develops headaches along
with other symptoms such as a change in mood or sleep habits.
Antidepressant medication and psychotherapy are effective
treatments for childhood depression and related headache