“My Head Hurts”: Secrets to Handling Headaches in Primary Care

Pediatric neurologist Hannah Johnson Shapiro, MD, who specializes in care for children and adolescents with headache disorders, presents this practical guide to arriving at the correct diagnosis – primary condition? tension or migraine? – and savvy use of the numerous medications and other tools available to address frequent or severe headaches in the young. Here's help with ruling out serious underlying conditions, getting kids to describe their symptoms, selecting appropriate triptans, and incorporating effective non-pharmacological interventions. Shapiro also explains a stratified approach to care that accounts for the severity of an attack.

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Pediatric neurologist and headache specialist

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