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Headache in Children

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation

 Although only a small percentage of cases of headache are caused by a serious illness, is one of the symptoms of most concern to parents

The prevalence of headache children has tripled in the last 20 years. However, its analgesic management is still a pending issue. In most cases, it is understood as a common problem and addressed the same way that a rise in temperature (fever). The drugs most commonly used and prescribed by specialists are paracetamol and NSAIDs but, often, neither the dose nor the schedule of shots and the presentation is consistent with the treatment. To distinguish a headache of a serious health problem is to perform a complete physical examination, and a clinical examination that includes the medical history and family concerned. However, despite concern of parents, a small percentage of cases of headaches originate from a serious illness.

Affected data

The headache is often considered a common disorder. However, it has a great impact on daily life affected and in the case of children, their school life. A child with headache twice lost school days without another headache. Individual and social costs required to take into account as a pathological entity and therefore it is essential to proper diagnosis and effective treatment.

In a recent review in Navarra, it was found that the headache affects 40% of children under 7 years and 75% of children under 15 years. Other studies on the prevalence indicate that about 12% of children between 5 and 15 years suffer from migraine, compared with 1% suffering from tension headache. The data indicate that migraine increases from 3% between 3 and 7 years, 4% and 11% from 7 to 11 and from 8% to 23% of 11-15 years with a mean age of development of symptoms of 7.2 years in boys and 10.9 years in girls. Highlights: Half of those affected do not see a doctor.