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Childhood Headache May Lead to Adult Conditions

Monday, 03 November 2008 15:16

Children with frequent headaches are at an elevated risk of headaches and other conditions during adulthood, say scientists in the British Medical Journal.  Investigators tracked 17,414 subjects from age 7 to age 33. In total, 8.2% of participants suffered from headaches at age 7. This figure jumped to 14% at age 33. Children with headaches were at more than double the odds of suffering from headaches as adults. They were also significantly more likely to develop other physical and psychiatric symptoms, compared with headache-free youngsters.

These findings confirm that children with headaches do not simply "grow out" of their physical complaint, but may instead "grow into" others, say the authors.

Fearon P, Hotopf M.  Relation between headache in childhood and physical and psychiatric symptoms in adulthood: national birth cohort study   Brit Med Jou 2001 (May 12);   322 (7295):   1145