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Pediatric Headache

Headaches can cause considerable distress in children and affect their quality of life.

When your child experiences a severe or recurring headache, you need to find a way to limit or stop the pain.

Migraine and other headaches affecting children are not curable, but most are manageable. Our team is dedicated to helping your child control his or her headaches and enjoy a full, fun and active life.

Pediatric Headache: What You Need to Know

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  • There are many different kinds of headaches affecting children, some of which respond best to specific therapies.
  • It’s useful to keep a headache diary, noting when headaches occur, and what your child was eating, drinking, or doing before the headache occurred. Bring this diary with you to your appointment.
  • We determine the type of headache your child is experiencing through a detailed history and a thoughtful evaluation of signs and symptoms. Unless there are neurologic abnormalities or other red flags, most tests, such as brain scans, EEGs or blood work, will be unnecessary.
  • The most common types of pediatric headaches, including migraine, can often be controlled with lifestyle modifications.
  • Regular exercise, proper diet and hydration, sleep hygiene, stress management, supplements (and, if necessary, medications) can make your child feel better and return to normal over time.

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Why Choose Johns Hopkins for Pediatric Headache?


Our Team

Rely on the expertise of our experts to help you manage your child's headaches.

Pediatric Neurologists

Christopher B. Oakley. M.D.

Carl E. Stafstrom, M.D.

Advanced Practitioners

Candie Marchand Evans, P.A.

Amanda Wood, C.R.P.N.P



Our Treatments

From initial history and examination to imaging and treatment, you can feel confident that your child is getting the most innovative and individualized approach for managing headache or any other neurological problem.

Introducing Dr. Oakley

Meet Dr. Christopher Oakley, Director of Johns Hopkins Pediatric Headache Center, a pediatric neurologist specializing in pediatric headaches, vertigo and head pain.

Our Research

The Pediatric Neurology division at Johns Hopkins is where the latest research is shaping advances in diagnosis and management of the most common and challenging neurologic conditions affecting young patients.

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