Headaches are a prevalent health problem that may affect people of all ages, including children. There are several causes of headaches in children, and the types can be described as primary or secondary.

  • Primary headache is diagnosed when no other medical problem is causing the headache. Examples include migraines and tension-type headaches in children.
  • Secondary headache is when another health problem causes the headache, like a sinus infection or a brain injury.

If your child suffers from pediatric migraines, he or she may qualify to participate in a clinical research study at Pharmasite Research. To learn more information, please call Pharmasite Research at 410-602-1440.

Tension-Type Headaches

Tension-type headache is an ongoing headache that is mild to moderate in intensity with a tightening type of pain. In addition, tension-type headache doesn’t typically change a child’s activity level, and it’s not associated with vomiting or nausea.

Migraines

Migraines are common neurological diseases in people of all ages, including children and teenagers. They are also hereditary (migraines may be passed down in families through a gene). However, migraine attacks in children may appear different than in adults:

  • Migraine pain may last up to 72 hours
  • The pain location is typically one or both sides of the head, across the forehead or both temples
  • Children might experience pounding, throbbing, or pulsating pain
  • Associated symptoms may include light and sound sensitivity, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, dizziness, decreased appetite, or trouble with concentration

Diagnosing Migraines.

A healthcare provider may diagnose migraines or headaches in children based on their medical history, current headache symptoms, and a physical exam. In addition, there isn’t a specific medical test to diagnose migraine. So, make sure to keep a headache diary to track the frequency, severity, or duration of the headaches to share with your healthcare provider. Treating Migraine Attacks

Specific medication recommendations for migraine treatments are situational. Consider teaching your child to notify an adult immediately as they feel head pain. Early treatment stops the migraine attack quicker and allows your child to return to normal activities without having to leave school early or miss playtime with their friends. Also, drinking fluids with electrolytes, such as sports drinks, may help it go away faster during a migraine attack.

Enroll Today with Pharmasite Research

If you or someone you know has pediatric and adolescent migraine, it can be a huge hindrance to daily life, but there is always hope and help available. Seek professional help from a therapist who may recommend effective treatment options for you or a loved one. Pharmasite Research in Pikesville, MD, is enrolling individuals with pediatric and adolescent migraine for a clinical study. Learn more to see if you qualify! Contact us at 410-602-1440 and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest!