Pediatric Migraine Headache
Both new onset and chronic headaches are a common complaint for the primary care pediatrician. In 2012, Kids Health First developed its guideline for pediatric migraine based on parameters established by the American Academy of Neurology’s Practice Parameter: Evaluation of Children and Adolescents with Recurrent Headaches and the American Academy of Neurology’s Practice Parameter: Pharmacological Treatment of Migraine Headaches in Children and Adolescents.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
1.) History and evaluation, which includes a thorough neurological exam and potential diagnostic imaging and other studies, if indicated;
2.) Treatment, which may include lifestyle changes, analgesics, rescue medications, preventative therapy and referral to a pediatric neurologist.
If you are a physician and would like more information on the Clinical Practice and Referral Guideline for Pediatric Migraine, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a parent and are concerned about your child’s headaches, please consult with your child’s pediatrician or primary care physician.