Story by: Norton Children’s on June 24, 2022
When children have headaches or migraine, it is usually not necessary to make an appointment with a neurologist right away. A pediatrician often can begin treatment for a child’s headache or migraine attack, which may speed up relief of their symptoms.
Michael K. Sowell, M.D. and Elizabeth S. Doll, M.D., pediatric neurologists at Norton Children’s Neuroscience Institute, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, share tips for treating a child’s headaches at home and when parents should make an appointment.
“In many cases, parents first can try to treat the headache at home,” said Dr. Sowell. “If the child’s headaches do not respond to over-the-counter options or lifestyle changes, then it’s time to make an appointment with their pediatrician.”
If your child is experiencing headaches, check the guidance in this article. In most cases, reach out to your child’s pediatrician before making an appointment with a child neurologist.
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Dr. Doll suggests parents use the following guidance when it comes to treating their child’s headaches:
For the initial headache:
If the headaches persist: