Doctors flummoxed by paediatric headache mystery

Emergency departments in the US are seeing increasing numbers of children presenting with headaches, but doctors don’t know why.

The American Academy of Pediatrics conference in San Francisco this week heard about the worrisome trend that is placing a burden on both the healthcare system and patients.

Researchers report that in one children’s hospital in Pittsburgh, between 2007 and 2014, paediatric emergency department visits for headaches doubled from 2% to 4%. During this time the admission rate for children with headache more than doubled from 10% of headache