IV Infusions for Pediatric Headache Sufferers

It has long been established that IV infusions have the greatest effect is shutting down a severe and /or prolonged headache in the adult population. A study presented at the recent American Headache Society’s scientific meeting in Washington DC showed that such treatment was also effective and well tolerated in children.

A group of Atlanta headache specialists showed that of 127 IV infusions with children between ages 9 to 17, that 94% had significant reduction of their headaches and 28% had total resolution.  The infusions used included Ketorolac, Diphenhydramine, Prochlorperazine, Metoclopramide, Dexamethasone, Methylprednisolone, Magnesium Sulfate and Ondansetron.  Only 6% of the children reported side effects.

Parents are often hesitant to use IV infusions on their children who have suffered from severe migraines for days or weeks, but that concern is probably overstated.