Headaches in childhood are increasingly being recognized as a significant neurologic health problem. The high incidence and prevalence of headaches in the pediatric population has a significant impact on children and their families. Migraine remains under-recognized, under-diagnosed, and ultimately under- or inappropriately treated in this population; this has potential long-term consequences with regards to disease progression.

Effective intervention may prevent progression and lifelong consequences, including the development of comorbidities. Early diagnosis and an integrative treatment approach are essential to minimize the impact on a child's quality of life. According to the American Migraine Prevalence and Prevention study (AMPP), the migraine prevalence in adolescents is 6% in the United States.

Information resources recommended:

  • American Headache Society Committee for Headahce Education (ACHE)
  • 19 Mantua Road
  • Mt. Royal, NJ 08061
  • 856-423-0043
  • www.achenet.org
  • New York Headache Center
  • Manhattan: 30 East 76th Street,
  • New York, NY 10021
  • 212-794-3550
  • www.nyheadache.com
  • National Headache Foundation
  • 820 N Orleans, Suite 411
  • Chicago, IL 60610-3132
  • 312-274-2650
  • 888-NHF-5552 (643-5552)
  • www.headaches.org