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Headaches are common in kids, occurring in 50% of children by age 7 and in 80% of teens by age 15. Migraines often begin for boys before age 10 and typically start around puberty for girls. They don’t usually indicate a serious medical condition, but they can significantly impact the lives of kids and families.
Our multidisciplinary headache team cares for headaches of all kinds in kids of all ages, from toddlers to young adults. With treatments ranging from lifestyle and behavioral medicine to the most advanced therapies available, our team creates an individualized approach to each child's condition.
The Neuroscience Institute at Children's Colorado, ranked among the top neurology and neurosurgery centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, sees and treats more than 18,000 children each year — more than 2,600 of them for headaches. Our program's team of experts specializes in pediatric neurology with a specific focus on headache medicine.
In addition to caring for headaches in kids, we conduct research to find new and better ways to treat them. This deep knowledge allows us to pinpoint the root causes of headaches.
Our partnerships with other specialties at Children’s Colorado enable us to design personalized treatment plans to address each patient’s unique needs. As an academic institution, we always apply the latest, most innovative therapies and techniques.
Headaches can seriously impact a child's quality of life, especially when they occur frequently. Here, we assess the impact of a child’s headaches in order to plan treatment:
Ideally, we try to catch children in the first or second stage, before their headaches develop into more debilitating migraines. Early intervention often means milder intervention.
Our treatment plans are tailored to each individual child, but they typically build on five basic stages:
Lifestyle and behavioral issues can lead to headaches in kids. In such cases, we use a behavioral health approach to treatment.
When medication is needed, we offer the most advanced pediatric headache treatments available. We even offer access to clinical trials, many of which are not available anywhere else. Our treatment options include:
In some cases, our team uses botox injections as a preventative measure for chronic migraines when traditional treatments and medications have failed.
For more information about the Headache Program at Children's Hospital Colorado, call 720-777-6895.