Headache

07 March 2005

Kids get headaches too

As many as 10 percent of children have migraine headaches. While most headaches in kids aren't cause for worry, they can interfere with activities and school, posing a problem.

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As many as 10 percent of children have migraine headaches. While most headaches in children aren't cause for worry, they can interfere with activities and school, posing a significant problem.

The American Council for Headache Education says these suggestions may help decrease the frequency and severity of headaches:

  • Make sure your child drinks enough fluids. Children and adolescents need from four to eight glasses of fluid a day. Caffeine should be avoided. Sports drinks may help during a headache by keeping sugar and sodium levels normal.
  • Make sure your child gets plenty of regular sleep at night (but not too much). Fatigue and overexertion are two factors that can trigger headaches. Most children and adolescents need to sleep 8-10 hours each night and keep a regular sleep schedule.
  • Be sure your child eats balanced meals at regular hours. Do not let him or her skip meals.
  • Try to avoid foods that seem to trigger headaches. Remember that every child may have different triggers.
  • Plan and schedule your child's activities sensibly. Try to avoid overcrowded schedules or stressful and potentially upsetting situations.

If your child's doctor prescribed daily medication to reduce headache frequency, remember to have him or her take it every day, whether there's a headache or not. – (HealthDayNews)

 

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Dr Elliot Shevel is a South African migraine surgery pioneer and the founder and medical director of The Headache Clinic in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town, South Africa. The Headache Clinic is a multidisciplinary practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of Primary Headaches and Migraines. Dr Shevel is also the main author of all scientific publications generated by his team. He recently won a high level science debate in which he was able to prove that the current migraine diagnosis and classification is not based on data. Tertiary Education - Dr Shevel holds both Dental and Medical degrees, and practises as a specialist Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon. Follow the Headache Clinic on Twitter@HeadacheClinic.

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