Headache Center at Beaumont Children's

The Beaumont Children's Headache Center offers comprehensive, specialized care for children and adolescents who experience headaches.

The Royal Oak-based center's medical director, Elizabeth Leleszi, M.D., is a Beaumont Children's pediatric neurologist and an assistant professor at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.

According to the National Headache Foundation, about 20 percent of school-age children in the U.S. have headaches. There are multiple types of headaches in children. Fifteen percent of children experience tension-type headaches and 5 percent migraine headaches.

Says Dr. Leleszi, "Head pain is a common symptom affecting kids. Children and teens may experience many different headache types and the problem can, in some cases, be debilitating. Patients and families are often frustrated; children sometimes experience chronic pain, often missing school and extracurricular activities. Our center utilizes a team approach in implementing a care plan for each patient."

The clinic team is comprised of pediatric specialists from neurology, physical therapy, psychology, dietary and social work. The Beaumont Children's Headache Center also offers family-centered comprehensive specialized care, including advanced diagnostic testing, neuroimaging such as MRI and an on-site laboratory.

"The initial focus is a comprehensive evaluation by a pediatric neurologist," explains Dr. Leleszi. "Using headache diagnostic criteria, combined with a patient history and neurological exam, a pain management plan is developed to decrease the frequency and severity of the headaches."