These headaches occur at least 15 days of the month for at least three months. Some chronic daily headaches may have started as migraine headaches (chronic migraine) or tension-type headaches (chronic tension-type headaches) and worsen to every day.
When people take pain medicine (Tylenol [acetaminophen], Motrin or Advil [ibuprofen], caffeine, prescription medicines for pain) almost every day for their headaches, it can cause medication overuse headaches. The headache either returns shortly after taking the medicine or the medicine stops working. The best way to make these headaches better is to stop taking pain medicines for four to six weeks. After that time, pain medicine can be restarted but use is limited to no more than two to three times per week.
Some children with chronic daily headaches are low in certain vitamins. It is important to eat balanced meals. Children and teenagers may need to take a daily multivitamin. Your child's doctor or nurse practitioner may talk to you about getting blood tests to see if your child needs more vitamins or minerals.