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If your child is having headaches, one of the first things you’ll want to do is to get a solid understanding of her symptoms. Recording her headaches in a headache diary can help you see exactly how often they’re happening, understand your child’s symptoms better and notice possible causes or “triggers.” A record like this is also a good way for you to share information with your child’s health care providers.
In order to diagnose your child’s type of headaches, find the cause and recommend treatment, your child’s doctor will review her medical history, talk with you and your child about the symptoms and perform a physical and neurological exam. Questions that your doctor may ask include:
If your child’s symptoms indicate that her headaches are “primary” headaches (migraine, tension or cluster headaches), and if her neurological exam is normal, no further diagnostic testing may be needed.
Our neurologists at Boston Children’s Hospital will obtain a detailed history and perform a careful exam to determine whether your child’s headaches could be caused by another medical problem. If needed, your child’s doctor may order diagnostic tests including:
Our headache team will spend time talking with you and learning possible causes of your child’s headache pain. With your permission, we can also speak with your other health care providers or your child’s school to help us assess the situation.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”