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January 31, 2020 Friday 09:45:15 AM IST

How to treat your child’s headaches?

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Pediatric neurologist and headache specialist, Marc DiSabella, DO, at Children’s National Hospital, USA writes about the different types of headaches and how to treat your child’s headaches.

A headache is a pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches are typically divided into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary headaches are due to the headache condition itself and no other conditions. Secondary headaches are caused by problems in the structure of the brain, or by other health conditions and diseases. Secondary headaches are the least common type of headache and typically increase in frequency over time. They may be associated with other neurologic symptoms or signs, such as fever, excessive vomiting, and double vision or periods of confusion that are otherwise unexplained.

How to treat your child’s headaches

Headaches can usually be treated at home with rest, quiet, plenty of fluids and over-the-counter pain relievers. An electrolyte-filled drink like Gatorade, Powerade or coconut water will help break the headache quickly. If you use ibuprofen, be sure not to use it more than three days in a week – people who overuse it can develop daily headaches. If your child feels fine and wants to play outside or go to school, they can, even with a headache.


How do I prevent headaches?

Most patients with headaches respond to basic healthy lifestyle changes that reduce headache frequency and intensity. Common goals include drinking a specific amount of fluids every day, avoiding caffeine and artificial sweeteners, daily aerobic exercise, regular sleep cycles and a healthy, well-balanced diet.

When to see a doctor

If your child has headaches on a regular (or daily) basis or their headaches are increasing in frequency, you should consult your pediatrician. Other reasons to consult a doctor are if the headache wakes your child up out of sleep or if their headache has lasted for longer than three days and it won’t go away. If you have any questions about your child’s headaches or how to treat them, do not hesitate to contact your child’s pediatrician.


(Content Courtesy: https://riseandshine.childrensnational.org/how-to-treat-your-childs-headaches/)

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