The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 85, Issue 1, pp 66–70 | Cite as

Child with Headache

  • Keshavamurthy Mysore Lakshmikantha
  • Karthi Nallasamy
Review Article


Headache is a common complaint for which parents seek pediatrician’s consult. Headaches are seen in increasing frequency from 3 y of age onwards with peaks in older children and adolescents. In children, secondary headaches due to underlying etiologies are far more common than primary headaches due to migraine. Recognition of temporal pattern of headache along with focused neurological examination will help in narrowing down the etiology. The key goal in urgent care assessment is to identify children with underlying serious illnesses that require stabilization and urgent referral. For benign causes, symptomatic treatment with analgesics like paracetamol or ibuprofen would suffice initially, while identification of the underlying condition would lead to further appropriate management, particularly in primary headaches.


Headache Migraine 



KML did the literature search and drafted the manuscript. KN guided the framework of the manuscript and did critical review and approved the version to be published. Dr. Muralidharan Jayashree will act as guarantor for this paper.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keshavamurthy Mysore Lakshmikantha
    • 1
  • Karthi Nallasamy
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Pediatric Centre, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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