Children, like adults, get headaches. The cause of headaches vary: some headache disorders are hereditary, while some suffer from headaches because of their lifestyles, stressful environments, or other instigators. Of course, whatever the cause, the fact remains that it is cruel to see a child suffer from debilitating headaches that could incapacitate even the strongest adults. When the painful throbbing ensues and your child starts crying for relief, here are some things that you can do:
- Keep a headache diary. This would help you identify what triggers your children’s headache. Determine when the headache occurred, how long it lasted, and what was happening when it occurred. After all, prevention is better than cure, and it is vital that you find out the possible causes so you can take them out of the equation.
- Over-the-counter medications. Give your child over-the-counter medications as prescribed by your pediatrician. Never give higher doses than what is indicated on the label. Also, avoid giving aspirin to children who are recovering from flu-like symptoms or from chicken pox. Using aspirin during the recovery period of such ailments could lead to Reye’s syndrome, a potentially life-threatening disease for children.
- Cool his head. Place a cool, wet cloth on your children’s forehead. This would help alleviate the pain.
- Encourage rest. If your child is in evident pain even after the medication, encourage him to sleep and rest in a dark, quiet room. This would help him relax and alleviate the discomfort.
- Healthy snacks. The headache could be caused by hunger. Make sure your kid gets enough healthy snacks.
While these steps are not foolproof in curbing headaches in children, they should be sufficient to provide temporary relief until you can take your child to a healthcare provider. If the headaches persist, talk to your doctor about pain management medications.
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