Headache frequency in Children

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Research Studies

Headache Frequency in Children

Study One 


“Headache activity in children and adolescents”.

This Australian study of 900 children ages 10 to 18 reported only 36.8% of the children in this group had never experienced a headache. This study also showed that 33.7% of the subjects experienced headaches varying in frequency from every 2 to 3 weeks to once a month, 24.8% of the subjects experienced headaches from every few days to once a week and 4.6% experienced a headache almost all the time.

The study also determined that girls were more likely to have headaches with a higher frequency (once per week).

King NJ, Sharpley CF. Journal Paediatric Child Health 1990;26:50-4. 

Study Two 


“Increasing prevalence of headache in seven year old schoolchildren”

This 1996 study details the increasing prevalence of headache in seven year old schoolchildren. The study reported the occurrence of headaches during a six-month period increased from 45.4% in 1974 to 51.5% in 1992.

Migraines increased during that time from 1.9% to 5.7%.

Sillampaa M, Anttila P. Headache.1996;36:466-470. 

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