Headache Types in Children

Published Online: Friday, March 8th, 2019

This week, at the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Elizabeth K Rende DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, PMHS-BC, FAANP of Duke Pediatric Neurology took some time with Contemporary Clinic to discuss the types of headaches and what headaches are considered primary or secondary headaches in children.

Primary headaches; I’m going to separate them out to primary and secondary. So, primary headaches are headaches that are just, by their very nature, they’re headache disorders. So, migraine, tension-type headaches are the two most common types of headaches that kids can have.
Secondary headaches are headaches that can be quite severe and that almost mimic attention-type or a migraine headache, but they are caused by another cause. So, our job as headache providers is to try and determine if a headache is either a primary or secondary, and if we think there’s a secondary cause, then we need to evaluate or get them to the right people to do so.

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