Headaches and Migraines in Children

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If your child has headaches or is experiencing migraines, our multidisciplinary neurosciences team can help. Because kids may have a hard time describing pain, we can help determine what else may be happening.

Headaches can be a symptom of something else just as often as they are a condition themselves. The causes are many: lack of sleep, dehydration, too much caffeine or screen time, a virus, allergies, a brain cyst—and the list goes on.

Although most headaches are not cause for concern, those that include weakness, double vision, stiff neck, fever, vomiting, coordination problems, unusual sleepiness or lethargy may require our help. 

Our team of pediatric neurologists, pain psychologists and neurosurgeons are experienced in managing headaches and migraines in children. They will work with your family to identify triggers and develop a plan to treat them, including possible lifestyle changes, medication for nausea or pain, or surgical options so your child can enjoy a normal, healthy life.


Migraines are a common form of recurring headaches. They cause intense throbbing in a particular area of the head and can be debilitating, lasting from hours to several days. Dr. Steven DeRoos, a pediatric neurologist with Spectrum Health Medical Group, talks about causes and treatment of migraine headaches.

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