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Headaches

Headaches are a common health problem in both children and adults. There are many causes for headaches in children. A headache is called a primary headache when there is no other health problem causing the headache. The most common types of primary headache include tension-type headache, migraine with or without aura, tension-type headache and chronic daily headache.

A headache is called a secondary headache when there is another health problem causing the headache to occur, such as a sinus infection or injury to the brain.

About 10 percent of school-age children and about 15-27 percent of teenagers have recurrent primary headaches. Headaches can limit a child’s ability to participate in school, family and social activities.

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Migraine Headaches

Tension Headaches

Chronic Headaches

Preventing a Headache

Treatment for a Headache

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Last Updated: 07/2011