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Table 22 Non-pharmacological treatment of headache in children

From: Reference programme: diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders and facial pain. Danish Headache Society, 3rd edition, 2020

Non-pharmacological treatment of headache in children
• Objective examination and reassurance.
• Exclude other underlying disorder e.g. stress, psychogenic factors (problems at home, school or / and among peers), depression, depression, anxiety, refraction anomalies, strabismus, over-strained eyes (computer work / games), oromandibular dysfunction, sinusitis, posture anomaly, passive / active smoking and inappropriate lifestyle.
• Exclude medication-overuse headache.
• Inform about disease mechanisms so that both child and parents understand it.
• Minimize or eliminate triggers, e.g. stress or poor posture during schoolwork.