Children and Headaches

Dr. Keyvan Hadad, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Pediatrician, discusses childhood headaches.

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Dr. Keyvan Hadad, MD, MHSc, FRCPC, Pediatrician, discusses childhood headaches.
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Featuring Dr. Keyvan Hadad, MD, MHSc, FRCPC


Duration: 1 minute

Most children who experience headaches begin to complain of the symptom of headache somewhere around the age of puberty.

So the ability of the child to describe the symptom changes over time. In the younger child who is perhaps eight or nine years of age, description of the headache often is fairly nonspecific.

They often use words such as, “My head hurts,” as opposed to an older child who by now is an adolescent who has much more specific words, and can explain the headache much more in keeping with the way an adult would describe a headache.

It is important when your child complains regularly of headaches for you to see your primary care provider or your general pediatrician to address the common diagnoses, but certainly also to rule out the uncommon diagnoses.

Presenter: Dr. Keyvan Hadad, Pediatrician, Vancouver, BC

Local Practitioners: Pediatrician

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