Brain & Spine Center
The Pediatric Comprehensive Headache Program was established in 2015. We care for patients up to age 18. The program has doctors and advanced care providers that specialize in headache treatment as well as a psychologist and nurse educator. Patients can be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.
How Many Children Get Headaches?
Many of us think of headaches as an adult problem, but children can get headaches and chronic headaches too.
- About 20 percent of 5-year-olds get occasional headaches.
- About 75 percent of teenagers get headaches.
Can a Child Suffer from Migraines?
Many people assume that migraines only happen during adulthood. But children as young as 6 can have migraines. In fact:
- About one in 50 (or two percent) of 7-year-olds get migraines
- About one in 20 (or five percent) of 15-year-olds get migraines
What to Expect
What You Can Do Before Your Visit
We often have a long waiting list for the Headache Clinic. To help manage headaches while you wait to see a doctor, work with your primary care physician, and begin to employ as many of the SMART lifestyle changes discussed above as possible.
The patient's primary care provider is welcome to call pediatric neurology for advice at any time.