A medical history is the most important tool a doctor has to evaluate your headaches. If your child or teen has headaches, the doctor will want to talk to you and your child. The doctor may also want to talk with your teen in private to discuss any emotional issues.
Questions during the medical history often focus on your description of your headaches, their pattern, and whether people in your family have a history of headache problems.
If a child or teen has headaches, the doctor may also ask questions about the mother's pregnancy, labor, and delivery; the child's growth and development, behavior, and school performance; family conflicts; and any previous injuries or problems with the head. The doctor will also ask whether the child looks sick when he or she has a headache.
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