Children can get headaches just as often as adults. It is debilitating issue for a kid to feel both pain and the inability to go out and play.
The two most common causes of headaches in children are the migraine type and the tension types.
The federal Food and Drug Administration hasnít approved medication for migraine medicine in children. However, there are ways to decrease pain. In children, the treatment for both migraine and tension type headaches are nearly the same.
For physicians, the goal is to make sure the headache is not a brain tumor, which necessitates imaging.
After a brain tumor has been ruled out, therapy for headaches rests on controlling the environment.
First, put the child in a dark quiet room and encourage him/her to sleep. Both physical and environmental stress acts as a trigger and a consequence of headaches.
Continue to control the childís environment by having scheduled times for meals, bedtime, relaxation and exercise.
Tension headaches often respond to medications, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen.
Never underestimate the power of behavior therapy for headache treatment as headaches can be a sign the child is having a lot of stress in their life.
And may good health be with you.
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Dr. Justus Turner Peters, a family physician at Glen Rose Medical Center's Pecan Plantation clinic, received his medical school training at Creighton University School of Medicine in Nebraska and completed his family medicine residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Peters' practice encompasses the care of infants and children as well as adults of all ages. He also conducts ongoing research in the areas of childhood obesity and lower extremity injuries. He serves as the county's Local Health Authority.