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 over 40 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 then worked for 16 years part-time as a paediatric nurse educator at the Angliss Hospital in Melbourne’s east and also ran her own business in paediatric health education. She retired from clinical nursing in December 2017 but continues with her teaching to nurses and community groups. Her teaching is consistently highly evaluated by participants who at...

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