Thursday, July 30, 2015
When kids get headaches
But, of course, kids do get headaches. According to a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children's, 10% of school age kids and 15-27% of teens experience them from time to time.
The most common causes in children are:
Poor hydration--not drinking enough water, especially in hot weather.
Diet.--does your child skip meals? Too much caff in soda can also cause headaches.
Sleep--kids in middle school need 10-12 hours a night. Less than 10 hours means not being well rested.
Stress--obviously this can result in head pain.
Vision problems--these can definitely cause headaches. Get your child's eyes checked.
Family history--it never falls far from the tree--if a parent gets headaches, the child may be prone to them, too.
For a headache, try giving the child water and ibuprofen. Follow the dosage on the package carefully. Don't give this more than three times a week--more often and call the pediatrician.
If the child wakes from a severe headache or vomits--this may need more investigation.
If it is something like a migraine, they have behavioral and pharmaceutical approaches that can make a big difference.