Children can get headaches. A common type of headache children can experience may be described as dull and steady, and are generally triggered by stress.
Causes and Management
Some children are affected by common triggers such as artificial sweeteners, chocolate, caffeine, flashing lights, loud noises, not enough sleep, too much stress, and missing meals.
To find out what starts your child's headaches, help them to keep a headache diary, including information such as:
- When did the headache start?
- How long did it last?
- Which part of their head hurt?
- Was there any other symptoms?
- Severity on a scale of 1 (mild) to 10 (very bad)
- What, if anything, helped it to go away?
- What was the time they went to bed the night before?
- What time did the headache stop?
- Did they miss any school?
This information will help the doctor find the best way of managing and treating your child's headaches in the future.
Prevention and Management
- Encourage your child to avoid any triggers that they have identified
- Make sure that they are getting the right amount of sleep, eating the right food and doing regular exercise
- Ensure that they have not taken on too many school and extracurricular activities.
- Take your child to a doctor to get proper diagnosis and treatment.
- Analgesics, like Children’s Advil, are indicated for the management of occasional headaches. Follow dosing directions accurately.