One of the discomforts that affect children and adults and can occur for various reasons, from tiredness, flu and difficulty seeing, complaints of headaches in children have been increasing daily. In the case of younger children and babies, parents should be on the lookout for signs as they cannot always describe what they are feeling and explain where it really hurts.
It is usually noticed that the child is downcast and does not want to do the activities he likes so much. Headache in children or headache as it is called by doctors is a symptom that can occur several times in life and is a symptom of an extensive list of problems so it must be investigated carefully to find the real cause of the pain. Studies indicate that around 10% of children who suffer from headaches are in daycare and kindergarten, with the highest number of children in primary school reaching 50%.
The unrestricted use of computers, television and video games is one of the first on the list of headaches in children as they strain their eyes causing headache. However, the symptom is recurrent for other varied reasons, such as eating certain foods and even one of the symptoms of a strong flu. The main reasons for headache are:
- I’m Insuficient
- Hunger or very long period without food
- Excess of some foods that contain sugar, chocolate, fat and caffeine.
- Infant Dehydration
- Difficulty seeing
- Excessive sun exposure or high temperature
Hormonal problems, excessive anxiety and childhood depression , loud noises and smells of strong substances can also be causes of headaches in children. Around 10% of cases that arise in pediatric offices, headaches are recurrent flu and colds , ear infections and sinusitis .
How to Prevent Children’s Headaches
Headache in children is a symptom that cannot always be prevented, as it may come with some illness or physical problem. But it is possible to prevent routine pains and daily headaches caused by stressful routines and messy schedules.
Setting time and time to use computers, watch television and play video games is the first step. If complaints of headaches occur at school, a visit to the ophthalmologist is recommended, perhaps your child may need glasses to help them see better. Meal times must be respected and no meal should be skipped, since very large intervals without feeding the glucose rate decrease very quickly causing headaches. Bedtime is also essential to reduce the chances of headaches arising, as lack of sleep and excessive tiredness also cause headache.
Observe when the child sleeps if he does not grit his teeth. Grinding your teeth or bruxism as it is known is a very common problem and when it recurs it causes severe headaches since the jaw is pressed with a lot of tension during a long period of the night. In the case of recurrent and daily pains your child may be suffering from migraines. Migraines can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting and discomfort with light and noise. If the problem continues to persist, consultation with a neurologist who will assess the situation and indicate the appropriate treatment is indicated.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.