Headache is a very common reason for pediatric and adolescent patients to be seen for care. Most headaches in children are benign or the result of a primary headache disorder. Some are due to a more serious underlying condition – how do we discern? This lecture will update providers with the most recent recommendations for diagnosis and management of pediatric headache, including behavioral and non-pharmaceutical therapies.
- Review the signs and symptoms of worrisome secondary headaches and common primary headache disorders
- Describe evidenced-based behavioral approaches to treating youth with chronic migraine and how to help describe these interventions to patients
- Discuss techniques for harnessing the brain’s power to heal itself through stress-reduction and self-care
- Define the 2019 guidelines for the use of acute and preventive therapies for migraine, and outline practical strategies for initial management in primary care
- Describe how additional strategies such as physical therapy and acupuncture can integrate with the strategies above to improve patient outcomes
- Christina Szperka, MD, MSCE
- Dina Karvounides, PsyD
- Jason L. Ziplow, MD
- Madeline A. Chadehumbe, MD
This seminar focuses on neurology and was delivered at a virtual event titled, “Updates in Pediatric Headache Diagnosis and Treatments,” on September 15, 2021.
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