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Treatments for Headaches and Migraines in Children

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Getting your child help for his or her recurring headaches or migraines is an important first step. Our pediatric neurologists, pain psychologists and neurosurgeons will work with your family to identify possible triggers so you can avoid them. We’ll also work with you on a personalized treatment plan to address other symptoms like pain and nausea, which may include lifestyle changes, medication, or even surgery. Remember, even at-home treatments like rest, acetaminophen or ibuprofen should be approved by a pediatrician. (Never give aspirin to kids as it can cause life-threatening Reyes syndrome.) Our specialists may also run tests to rule out more serious causes and pinpoint the most effective forms of relief.

Treatments We Provide

  • Biofeedback

    Biofeedback helps your child recognize the body's responses to headache, such as breathing, pulse, heart rate, temperature and brain activity. He or she can then release and control the tension that's causing a headache.

  • CT and PET Scans

    Computerized Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging scans can rule out certain causes for headaches. They also help your pediatric neurologist monitor your child's brain function.

  • Pain Relievers

    Many of the pain relievers used to treat adult headaches can be used in smaller doses to treat headaches in children and adolescents. Do not give aspirin to children.

  • Vision Exam

    An eye exam not only checks vision, it also assesses the health of the eye, retina, optic nerve and eye alignment. It can also detect whether both eyes work together properly. The pupils may also be dilated, so bring a pair of sunglasses for the ride home.