Headache Program Overview

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Boston Children's Headache ProgramHeadaches are are a common and potentially disabling problem for children and teens. Our specialists in the Headache Program at Boston Children’s Hospital have great expertise in diagnosing the various types of pediatric headaches and their causes.

Our team helps our young patients to manage their headache pain, and continue or return to their regular activities. Together with our patients and their families, we take a collaborative approach at ensuring that each child we treat is able to meet his or her optimal ability to live life uninterrupted by pain.

In order to find the most effective strategies and methods to help your children, our headache experts in the Department of Neurology collaborate with specialists from the Departments of Anesthesia and Psychiatry, as well as various forms of complementary medicine.

Neurologists at Boston Children’s Hospital will evaluate your child’s headaches and any related medical conditions to determine the type of headache your child is suffering and investigate the possible cause or causes for the pain. Once the evaluation is complete, we develop a therapeutic plan to lessen your child’s headaches and help you all to return to your normal lives.

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A comprehensive approach: Each patient is seen by a neurologist who specializes in diagnosing and managing pediatric headaches. These doctors work in collaboration with other specialists at Children’s to formulate the best treatment plan tailored to your child’s specific needs.

For children with chronic headaches that are especially challenging to manage, we have a clinic in Waltham that takes a multi-disciplinary approach to care. You can read more about this on our Multi-Disciplinary Headache Clinic page

At every step, we take the time to learn everything we can about your child’s condition, talk with you about our recommendations, and address your questions. We also coordinate your child’s headache management with the his or her primary care provider, who remains an essential member of the pain management team.

Convenient locations: Our headache specialists see patients in our Boston, Waltham, Lexington and Peabody locations. They also see patients at Boston Children's Physicians Weymouth.

Short wait time: We schedule new and urgent patients as soon as possible.

Want to learn more about headaches?

Visit our headaches page to learn more about headaches, and about how we diagnose and treat them. The page contains educational materials that can help you and your child to achieve more control over headache pain.

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