Migraine headaches health tips for kids: Meenakshi Sathish

SEPTEMBER 25, 2020, 2:59 PM

Headaches are the most common complaint among children of all ages. Different types of headaches can have different root causes. All headaches are bothersome and potentially disruptive to your children’s daily activities. For example, if your child is prone to migraine headache, talk to your child about common triggers: chocolate, cheese, sugar, sleep deprivation, bright light, loud noise, foul smell, stress, anger, or frustration So, how can you tell if your child is having migraines?

Pay attention to these common symptoms: pain on one or both sides of the head, facial pallor (paleness) during headache, abdominal discomfort, nausea and/or vomiting, and relief of headache pain with sleep. Bright or flickering lights even from your computer screen can cause a migraine headache. If your child is prone to them, cover your windows with blank out curtains during the day. Wear sunglasses outdoors. You might also add anti-glare screens to your computer and use daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs in your light fixtures.So, what can be done to make your child feel better rather than taking a trip to a doctor?

Responding quickly is the key to treating all headaches. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen should be taken right away. If your child is having a migraine headache- Encourage your child to rest in a quiet dark room, place a cold pack on your child’s forehead, or even having a cold shower may lessen their pain. But preventative measures are always better than all pain medicines.

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Some of those measures may include instructing the kid to avoid triggers as much as possible, proper sleep ideally 7-8 hours, finding ways to help them cope with stress, eating nutritious meals consistently, drinking at least 8 glasses of fluid per day for adequate fluid intake and do exercise at least 5 times per week for 30 minutes or more. This can help with stress and depression as well.


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