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Headaches & migraines in children

Headaches and migraines are quite common in children and teenagers, and usually don't have a serious cause. But having a headache or migraine can be distressing for children and worrying for their parents.

What can I do if my child gets headaches or migraines?

If you are worried about your child's headaches or migraines, make an appointment with your general practice team. It's important to get urgent medical help if your child has any of the following symptoms:

Read the links below to learn about different types of headache and headache triggers. The links also tell you how to describe headaches, and how to help your child if they have a headache or a migraine.

If your child has frequent headaches, you can keep a diary of them. Record the type, duration, frequency, and if your child needed pain relief.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Updated May 2017.

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