Physician resources: Headaches
- 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.
For more information about the treatment of headaches in children and adolescents, click the links below:
- Practice guidelines for community physicians.
- Evaluation of children and adolescents with recurrent headaches (American Academy of Neurology).
- Evidence-based guidelines for migraine headaches (American Academy of Neurology).
- Pharmacological treatment of migraine headache in children and adolescents (American Academy of Neurology).