Does your child often hold his head, complaining of a headache?
If your answer is yes, then you should be concerned. Headaches, often considered as an ‘adult’s problem’ can even occur in infants. It is, in fact, one of the common problems among young people of all ages. According to research, 10% of school-going children experience them from time to time. Of which, Migraine is the most common type of recurrent headaches in children and adolescents. Globally, migraine is considered the second most common neurological condition across all ages. Migraine is a genetic neurological condition having a headache as its biggest sign.
While many things can trigger and cause headache, the most common triggers of headaches in kids are due to:-
Have you ever noticed your child skipping his/her meal? Skipping even one meal, like breakfast, can trigger a headache. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your child is having a well-balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables in it.
2.Inadequate hydration: Not only diet, even not drinking enough fluids can cause headaches. This becomes even worse when the weather gets warmer outside as kids generally become more active, thus losing fluid through sweating. The only cure is to increase the intake of water in your child.
Kids especially those in middle and high school need at least 10-12 hours of sleep a night. Not having enough sleep at night can easily cause a headache. Getting less than 10 hours is also not enough to feel well-rested for them given their over-activeness.
- Stress: We all stress from time to time, and children/teens are of no exception. A headache can result if your child is facing or experiencing trouble either at school or at home.
- Vision problems: If your child is having a vision problem, he/she may suffer or strain while seeing things far away, which can cause increased pressure within the eyes. This same eye pressure can sometimes be misinterpreted as a headache. This can be confirmed by having a vision test that can give you a better understanding of whether or not your child is suffering from an eye problem.
- 6. Neurological issues:
If your child is having headache which disturbs the sleep then it is to be concerned and if child has vomiting with or without facial deviation or any other associated abnormalities then you may need to consult your Paediatrician/Neurologist.
TREATING YOUR CHILD’S HEADACHES
If your child is having a headache, a good massage, ointment or a bowl of hot soup, etc. can give them some relief. Avoid using over the counter medications . You can use antipyretic prescribed by your paediatrician with appropriate dose for mild headaches. Even then if your child have persistent headaches then you may need to consult your child’s specialist at Child Care Hospital in Chennai.
Normally headaches are common. It is best to have your child tested by child’s specialist
But if your child’s headache has become more frequent or severe, to the extent that it wakes them up almost every day in the morning or the middle of the night, or worst case, if they cause them vomiting, it’s best to have your child tested atChildren’s Care Hospital in Chennai. After preliminary examination by paediatricianthe doctor may refer your child to a neurologist if they suspect migraine/neurological issues.