Pediatric Headache is a common reason for pediatric patients to seek medical care. Headaches can result from any of a number of causes, including genetic predisposition, trauma, an intracranial mass, a metabolic or vascular disease, or sinusitis. Recognition that pediatric headaches can result from primary and secondary causes is crucial to their treatment.
Facts about headaches
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches can be single or recurrent in nature, and localized to one or more areas of the head and face.
Facts about headaches in children:
· Forty percent (or more) of all children have had a headache by the age of 7.
· Among 7-year-olds, approximately 4 percent have frequent headaches.
· By the age of 15, 75 percent of children have had a headache.
· Only one child in 40,000 is found to have a brain tumor causing the headache.
· About 2 to 10 percent of headaches are due to an underlying brain abnormality.
· Five to 29 percent of children complain of headaches.
· Three percent of children suffer from migraine headaches.