Headache (children)

Current Care Summary
Working group appointed by the the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim and the Finnish Association of Pediatric Neurology

Current Care Guideline «Päänsärky (lapset)»1 and Summary «Päänsärky (lapset)»2 in Finnish

The majority of children with recurrent headaches can be effectively treated in the primary health care. Paracetamol and ibuprofen are the recommended first–line pain medications. Limited evidence is available on the effectiveness of triptans in children and adolescents. However, nasal sumatriptan and possibly oral rizatriptan and nasal zolmitriptan can be considered for children and adolescents, as well as oral almotriptan for adolescents. Propranolol is the first-line prophylactic medication for migraine.

Mirja Hämäläinen (Chair)

Katri Laimi

Tanja Laukkala (Current Care editor)

Pekka Nokelainen

Mikael Raisio

Heikki Rantala