Headaches are common among children. Approximately 40% of children have a significant headache by the age of 7 years, and approximately 75% have one by the age of 15 years. Most headaches are not serious. However, some are caused by a significant medical problem, and a small proportion will be due to life-threatening conditions. This chapter examines some of the more common types of headaches and lists their causes.

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  • Types of headaches
  • Patterns of headaches
  • Common and important causes of headaches.
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Gerry has many years of paediatric nursing experience, including 16 years in the Emergency Department of the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. The last 10 years at this renowned hospital were spent as a clinical nurse educator. Gerry currently works part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne and runs her own business in paediatric health education. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who attend her lectures. Gerry is also the author of the highly successful Ausmed book entitled Care of Sick Children: A Basic Guide.

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