Causes Of Headache

Why do Children have Headaches?

Headaches are no longer restricted to adults alone. It would not be surprising to note that now children are also afflicted by them.  Experts have determined that headaches associated with nausea and vomiting often begin in early childhood and the frequency of the problem increases during and after the age of puberty.

 Usually girls suffer from headaches during adolescence. Children are prone to headaches during their schooling years because of stress related to studies and irregular sleeping habits. It is even more shocking to know that children as young as 5 years old may also have a migraine.

Certain food items and lifestyle factors trigger headaches. People suffering from severe headaches should avoid these lifestyles and food habits. Young children may be careless or irregular in their eating habits or choice of food. As a result, they may become prone to frequent headaches.

Children should start learning relaxation exercises such as deep breathing at an early age to cope up with existing headache problems and avoid taking over the counter painkillers like aspirin. They should be taught not only to eat the right kind of foods, but also eat at the right times. Inculcating good eating habits in children help them to live healthier lives.

Extreme headaches that children have, such as migraine not only have physical effects such as nausea, pain, and vomiting but also have psychological effects such as anxiety and depression.  However, children at such a small age may not be able to express their state of mind very accurately.

Children suffering from major a headache or a migraine, may appear pale and ill. They may also behave restlessly and withdraw contact from others. Some children sit quietly in a corner and go through the severe pain on their own without telling anyone. In such a condition, they do not show any interest in playing out of doors. They may experience dizzy spells and abdominal pain.

The best treatment for in such a distressing situation is a sound and relaxing and a relaxing sleep. As soon as the child experiences a headache, the child should be encouraged to rest and sleep in a cool dark and a soothing environment. In case the pain is persistent then over the counter painkillers may be given.

Remedies that help giving immediate relief are keeping icepack on the affected area and taking a warm bath. Another duty of a parent to help their child recover is to communicate regularly with them and to find out the possible triggers that cause headaches.