New Insight in Treatment of Pediatric Migraine, Plus Recommendations for Occasional Headache

Recommendations issued this week by the pediatric primary care unit of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center outline some of the major causes of occasional headache in children, and provide guidance on what parents should know and do. Common causes identified include inadequate hydration, diet and sleep issues, stress, and vision problems.

Related research conducted by Cincinnati Children’s, and published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) found that among young persons with chronic migraine, the use of cognitive behavioral therapy plus amitriptyline resulted in greater reductions in headache frequency and migraine-related disability compared with headache education plus amitriptyline. The findings support the efficacy of CBT in the treatment of chronic migraine in children and adolescents. Read a news story about the recommendations here. The full investigation results from JAMA may be read here.

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