Management of chronic daily headache in children

Expert Rev Neurother. 2010 Sep;10(9):1479-86. doi: 10.1586/ern.10.124.


Children and adolescents can develop frequent, at times daily, headaches. The more severe forms of headaches that these children experience are often migrainous. This article discusses the typical characteristics of these patients and reviews treatments considered in this condition. Unfortunately, there are no high-quality studies to definitively guide treatment in children with chronic daily headache. Treatment decisions are often made using data from adult studies, childhood studies on episodic migraine or expert opinion. Current data on which to base treatment decisions are reviewed in this article.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use*
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Botulinum Toxins / therapeutic use*
  • Child
  • Headache Disorders / diagnosis
  • Headache Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Headache Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Humans


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Antidepressive Agents
  • Botulinum Toxins