Every child gets a headache now and then. But for some, they can be a serious and recurring problem. Migraines in children can have a major impact on how kids feel, act, play, and do in school. Ongoing headaches in children are stressful for parents, too — watching your child endure pain can be upsetting. But our teams of headache experts are here to help manage and put a stop to your child’s pain.
With a combination of medication, education, and other approaches, we provide a complete program to:
- evaluate the cause of your child’s headaches
- help relieve the pain of recurring headaches
- help prevent headaches in children from starting
- identify what activities and substances trigger your child’s headaches
- educate you and your child about ways to avoid known headache triggers
If your child is having recurring migraines or other kinds of headaches, our Nemours specialists can determine the cause and provide a plan of care — so your child can get back to being a kid and focusing on the joy in everyday activities.
- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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- Patient Presents Without Legal Guardian (PDF)
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Note: A parent or legal guardian must be with a child for a first visit.
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The headache program at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children provides a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating recurring headaches in children in Wilmington, Del., and the Delaware Valley.
Your initial visit may be with a specially trained pediatric neurologist or other expert, who will check for secondary causes (that could be causing the headaches) and will start treatment if necessary. A specially trained advanced practice nurse (APN) in the Neurology division will follow and manage your child’s day-to-day care, coordinating with other providers as needed.
Our expert staff will take your child's complete medical history and conduct a thorough neurological exam to establish the nature, duration, frequency, and possible triggers of your child’s headaches. We’ll determine whether your child is having migraines or another kind of headaches and order imaging studies (radiology tests), if needed.
In addition to treatment with medication, we may recommend Healing Touch or other integrative medicine therapies, which we can offer right here at the hospital. We’ll also educate your child — and your family — about lifestyle changes that can reduce the intensity and frequency of your child’s headaches.
To try to control migraines and headaches in children, it may help to follow these easy tips:
- get at least 8 hours sleep each night
- drink 8 glasses (8 oz. each) of water every day
- follow our 5, 2, 1 almost none health regimen:
- eat 5 fruits and vegetables every day (avoiding artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and nitrates often found in hot dogs and lunch meat)
- limit total screen (TV, computer, phone and video games) time each day to 2 hours
- exercise every day for at least 1 hour
- almost never drink soda or sugary beverages
For more information about the Headache Program at duPont Hospital for Children or to make an appointment, call us at (302) 651-4200.