How to cure headache in children

How to cure headache in children
How to cure headache in children

Headaches in children are common and usually aren't a sign of a serious problem. However, they can be painful and stressful for a child. Fortunately, you can cure them, whether with home remedies or medication.


Part 1 of 4: Using Medication

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Step 1. Try over-the-counter pain relievers

Most pain medications sold in pharmacies or department stores are effective against headaches in children.

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin IB) relieve headaches and are safe for children over 6 months of age. If you are looking for other medicines, ask a pediatrician or pharmacist.
  • Whatever over-the-counter medicine you use, make sure it is safe for children. Formulas designed for adults are not compatible with children.
  • Pain relievers should be taken at the first sign of a headache. Take the correct dose of the medicine, giving your child the correct dose for his age.
  • Although over-the-counter medications are effective, they can make pain worse if used overused. Your child will have a headache every time he takes it. Also, the more you use over-the-counter medications, the less effective they are.
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Step 2. Use prescription drugs

If your child's headaches are recurring, ask a pediatrician for medication.

  • Migraines are usually treated with prescription medication. These are recurring, painful headaches. Triptans are often prescribed for children over 6 years old because they are safe and have very few side effects.
  • Some types of chronic headaches (including migraines) are accompanied by nausea. If your child has it, your doctor may recommend suitable medicines.
  • Talk to your doctor about possible side effects of medications and give them as much information as possible about your child and your family's medical history.
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Step 3. Take special care with aspirin

Aspirin is generally safe for children over 2 years old. However, in rare cases it is responsible for Reye's syndrome and therefore should not be given to children at risk. Some doctors simply advise against its use in children.

  • Reye's syndrome causes swelling of the liver and brain. It triggers seizures and loss of consciousness. Prompt treatment is needed, as Reye's syndrome can kill very quickly.
  • If your child's headache is the result of a viral infection, such as the flu or chickenpox, do not give him aspirin. Treating these conditions with aspirin only increases the risk of Reye's syndrome.
  • If your child has fatty acid oxidation disorders, he or she is more likely to have Reye syndrome. You should not give him aspirin.

Part 2 of 4: try home remedies

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Step 1. Use a cold compress

Such a compress can relieve pain caused by a headache in a child.

  • Run a clean cloth under running cold water and place it on your child's forehead.
  • Plan something to keep your child entertained, such as music or a movie, to keep him lying down with his pad on his forehead.
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Step 2. Give her a healthy snack

Since headaches are sometimes caused by low blood sugar, it can help to give your child a healthy snack when they start to complain of pain.

  • Certain fruits and vegetables are known to be effective against headaches. Prepare a snack made with spinach, watermelon or cherries.
  • Children mostly enjoy peanut butter which is known to reduce headache symptoms. Since milk also has the same properties, you can give it peanut butter spread crackers with a glass of milk.
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Step 3. Teach him to relax and rest

Since headaches are sometimes due to insufficient sleep or stress, it can be helpful to show your child how to relax when they start to feel pain.

  • Encourage him to sleep in a dark, airy room. Sometimes a nap is enough to relieve the symptoms of a headache.
  • Relaxation techniques will help your child relieve tight muscles. He will have less pain and suffer from headaches less often. Have her lie down, relax, stretch all of her muscles, and gradually relax various parts of her body.
  • You can also recommend hot baths or hot showers.
  • Make sure he stops all activities that might trigger the headaches, such as watching TV or the computer.

Part 3 of 4: Consult a specialist

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Step 1. Note the frequency of the headaches

If your child experiences headaches regularly, keep a written record of their manifestations so that you have a detailed list of symptoms when it comes time to see a specialist.

  • Know when headaches occur, how long they last on average, and if they are the same.
  • There are different types of headaches and treatments vary from case to case. Cluster pain in the face causes symptoms similar to those of the common cold. Migraines are often associated with vomiting, abdominal pain, and sensitivity to light and sound. Tension headaches cause pain in the neck and shoulders. Look at all of your child's symptoms to find out what type of headache it is.
  • Children, especially young ones, often have difficulty explaining how they are feeling. Ask leading questions, such as "Where is it hurting?" "Or" Show me where you feel the pain? "
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Step 2. Find the connection between frequent headaches and mental health problems

Sometimes children complain of migraines or other problems when they are depressed, nervous or have some other mental problem. They cannot find the words to explain what they are feeling and seek comfort in complaining of physical pain.

  • In children, real headaches are easy to identify. A child with a headache is silent most of the time and sits or lies down. He tries to sleep and avoids exerting himself. He can't stand light or noise, and he may have a stomach ache or feel nauseous.
  • If your child shows no signs of a headache, but complains regularly, he or she may have a mental health problem. See a pediatrician who can discuss his emotional health with him and recommend a therapist if necessary.
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Step 3. Familiarize yourself with the symptoms of concern

Although headaches are not usually a sign of serious illness, there are some symptoms that you need to watch out for. See a doctor if your child experiences any of the following symptoms:

  • headaches so bad that he can't sleep,
  • morning vomiting, especially in the absence of other symptoms,
  • a change of personality,
  • headaches that worsen and become more and more frequent,
  • headaches that occur after an injury
  • headaches accompanied by stiff neck.

Part 4 of 4: prevent headaches

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Step 1. Give your child plenty of water

Dehydration is responsible for many symptoms, including frequent headaches. To prevent headaches in your child, give him enough water during the day.

  • A child should drink 4 glasses of 250 ml of water a day or more if they are physically active.
  • Avoid drinks containing caffeine or sugar. Not only do they distract your child from the water, they can also dehydrate them. In addition, excessive consumption of sugar or caffeine has been shown to cause headaches.
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Step 2. Check to see if your child is getting enough sleep

Children need to get enough sleep, hence the importance of naps in their daily routine. Lack of sleep can cause headaches.

  • The amount of sleep a child needs each night depends on their age. Young children and school-aged children need 11 to 1 hours of sleep, and children 6 to 13 years old need 9 to 11 hours of sleep.
  • Set your child's bedtime if you haven't already, and make sure they wake up at the same time each day.
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Step 3. Feed her meals at the same time

Hunger sometimes causes headaches. Be careful not to space out each meal too much.

  • Low blood sugar and skipping meals can cause headaches. Make sure your child eats breakfast before going to school. On the other hand, he may not like what you give him and simply refuse to eat. If he missed a meal, get him something to go.
  • Most children (especially toddlers) go through phases during which they refuse to eat. By setting strict meal times and staying away from distractions, such as toys or television, you will encourage yours to eat. If the problem persists, contact a pediatrician who can identify any underlying causes.
  • Feed him nutritious snacks between meals (fruit, whole wheat crackers, yogurt, cheese and vegetables).
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Step 4. Know the underlying causes of the headache in the child

Some common causes include:

  • the allergies,
  • sinus infection
  • visual disturbances,
  • if he has a sore throat or fever, he may have strep throat,
  • see a doctor if you think your child's headache is due to another problem.

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