Because headaches in children may be caused by an infection, high levels of stress or anxiety, or minor head trauma. It is important to pay attention to your child's headache symptoms and to consult a doctor once the headache worsens or occurs frequently.
What are the symptoms??
For example, a migraine in an adult almost always affects just one side of the head, whereas a child's migraine often affects both sides of the head. Also, migraines in children typically don't last as long they last for an hour or so.
Migraines can be manifested by:
Even infants can have migraines. A child who's too young to tell you what's wrong may cry and hold his or her head to indicate severe pain.
often, stress related, tension-type headaches feature a pressing tightness that occurs on both sides of the head. They can last from 30 minutes to several days.
Chronic daily headache
Both migraines and tension headaches can begin happening more frequently. If your child has headaches more than 15 days a month for more than three months, doctors call this a "chronic daily headache." This problem usually occurs when your child takes pain medications — even the nonprescription variety — too frequently.
When shall you visit a doctor?
How to manage simple headache at home?
Over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications, such as acetaminophen (Revanin, Adol, others) and ibuprofen (Brufen, ibugesic, others), are usually effective in reducing headache pain. Before giving your child pain medication, keep these points in mind:
In addition to OTC pain medications, the following measures can help ease your child's headache:
Rest and relax. Encourage your child to rest in a dark, quiet room. Sleeping often resolves headaches in children.
Use a cool, wet compress. While your child rests, place a cool, wet cloth on his or her forehead.
Offer a healthy snack. If your child hasn't eaten in a while, offer a piece of fruit, whole-wheat crackers or low-fat cheese. Going without meals can sometimes make headaches worse.