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 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 percent to 27 percent of teenagers have recurrent primary headaches. Headaches can limit a child’s ability to participate in school, family and social activities.