Pediatric Headache Clinic

For headaches that happen too often, the Headache Clinic at Boys Town National Research Hospital is here. A part of our growing pediatric neuroscience program, the physicians at the Boys Town Headache Clinic specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • Migraines
  • Cluster headaches
  • Tension headaches
  • Intracranial pressure headaches
  • Post-concussive syndrome
  • Craniofacial pain syndromes

On-site imaging is available. Parents can contact us directly to schedule an appointment, with less time from call to care!

When to Take a Child to a Pediatric Neurologist for Headaches

It can be hard to know when it is time to go to someone other than your child's primary medical doctor. Most headaches in children range from mild to moderate. With these, a child can take over-the-counter pain relief medications and manage for the rest of the day.

But, what about the small percentage of children that have moderate to severe headaches?

If your child suffers from moderate to severe headaches, it may be time to see a pediatric neurologist.

Headache Symptoms That Require a Pediatric Neurologist Visit

While it is not uncommon for children to experience headaches, not many experience migraines. If your child is suffering from migraines or any of the symptoms below with their headaches, you should consider a visit to a pediatric neurologist.

  • Confusion
  • Loss of sight
  • Seizures
  • Weakness

Treatments Prescribed by Pediatric Neurologists

There are many types of treatment available for moderate to severe headaches. A pediatric neurologist will help determine the best treatment for your child.

  • Headache Medication: Children with frequent headaches can be prescribed medication to lower the severity and frequency of headaches.
  • Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy can help improve functionality in children and help children who may suffer from anxiety or depression.
  • Botox Injections: If your child is over the age of 12 and has chronic migraine headaches and other treatments have not worked, Botox may be used.
  • Healthy Lifestyle: Taking measures such as getting adequate sleep and physical activity, having a healthy diet and maintaining good hydration can help prevent chronic headaches from happening.

If your child has been suffering from moderate to severe headaches or migraines, make an appointment with one of our pediatric neurologists by calling 531-355-7420.

 

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