Treatments for Headaches and Migraines in Children

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.

A pediatric migraine disability assessment or PedMIDAS evaluation is one of the first things that our medical experts will discuss with you and your child. We suggest you print and complete this brief questionnaire about your child’s headaches. It can be completed by parents or guardians, but all answers should be confirmed by the child. This six question assessment has been tested and validated for children ages 4 to 18. Topics include the impact of headaches on school performance, on activities at home and in social/sports situations. 

The treatment for your child’s headache will depend on the cause. We will create a personalized plan to help your child reduce or eliminate his or her headaches and address other symptoms like pain and nausea. This 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 Reye’s syndrome.) Our specialists may also run tests to rule out more serious causes and pinpoint the most effective forms of relief.