Headaches in Children: Tips for Relief

Neurologist Dr. Huma Sheikh gives parents everything they need to know to help their children find relief

by Steve Silvestro, MD  @zendocsteve


“Headaches were like birds. Starlings. They could be perfectly calm, then a single acorn could drop and send the entire flock to the sky.”

This is by author Erika Swyler, and it caught my eye because it’s a beautiful way of describing something that anyone who’s ever had headaches knows—that the slightest movement, the slightest sound or change, could make your head explode like a flock of pounding their wings toward the sky.

It’s hard to watch your children when they’re in pain. And what makes headaches in children so heartbreaking to watch as a parent is that if you’ve ever experienced a headache yourself, you know exactly what kind of pain your child is going through.

That’s why I reached out to Dr. Huma Sheikh to help give you the info you need to know as a parent of a child with headaches. Dr. Sheikh is an assistant professor at Mount Sinai Beth Israel and was previously a clinical instructor of neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School. She completed her neurology residency at Montefiore Medical Center, where she also completed a Stroke Fellowship before going on to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a fellowship in Headache Medicine. She is the co-chair of the Migraine and Vascular Disease special interest section at the American Headache Society.

In short, she’s the go-to expert on headaches.

If your child has dealt with headaches, you need to hear this conversation.

Take a listen on your favorite podcast app or in the player below:


In This Episode, We Talk About:

  • How common headaches are among children
  • The most common types of headaches that kids get
  • The ages at which you’re most likely to see your child start getting headaches
  • Signs your child might develop issues with headaches later in life
  • Why older girls are more likely to develop headaches than boys
  • Migraines — risk factors, symptoms, remedies
  • How to tell a migraine from other types of headaches
  • Triggers for headaches
  • What abdominal migraines are
  • A discussion on the value of headache logs/journals
  • Thoughts on food triggers
  • How to prevent headaches
  • Treatment options
  • When to worry
  • …and a whole lot more!

Scroll up to the player above to listen, or hear it on your favorite podcast app!

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