A recurrent headache in a child is never, ever acceptable. It may be something as simple as simple musculoskeletal stress that can be fixed in one visit with some soft tissue work and an adjustment, or it could be that their physiology is “not happy.”
All too often I have had parents who have just dismissed their child’s headache as “normal” after taking them to their PCP. Again–there is nothing “normal” about a headache in a child (or an adult for that matter!).
In this particular study we find that kids with severe or recurrent headache or migraine were more likely to have higher levels of risk factors for cardiovascular disease. This is scary and means that if your child fits in this category a full assessment of their structure and physiology and their lifestyle needs to be done. Anything less, as far as I’m concerned, is malpractice. Unfortunately, it seems to be the standard of care in our country.