“Dad, my head hurts”
“Mum, my head is very pain”
These quotes should be very familiar to you if you are a parent. You will hear it when your child experiences discomfort with his or her head. Majority of the children, due to their age and innocence do not know how to describe headaches properly, let alone understand what causes their headaches. Therefore it is of utmost importance that we, as adults, should have an understanding of some causes of headaches in children so as to alleviate the pain that our children suffer from.
One of the causes of headaches in children is infections. Young children have a reliably higher chance of catching common diseases like gastroenteritis, influenza, cold or even contagious diseases like chicken pox, measles and mumps. Such illnesses will inevitably result in the children suffering from headaches, especially for children who are aged between four and ten.
These types of headache develop speedily and usually occurs at the front part of the head where the forehead is. Some symptoms of such headaches are irritation, lost of appetite, or in some severe cases high fever which may affect the mental alertness of the children in the long run.
In other cases, headaches serve as a precursor for more serious illnesses. They may be the initial symptoms of a serious illness. When such cases occur, the best solution is to monitor your child's temperature and advise them to have more rest. It is also prudent to advise the child to consume a lot of water and administrator paracetamol should the body temperature start to rise. Paracetamol is also effective in easing the headache. Should the pain continue for more than 24 hours, or should signs and symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, sniffles, cough and spots appear, it is highly advisable to seek urgent medical attention for further treatment.
Headache – Migraine
Some children suffer from persistent headaches without any signs and symptoms of any impending illnesses. These headings are categorized as migraine, which are more common among children as compared to tension headaches. Parents are advised to look out signs like lack of appetite, vomiting and nausea. Migraine usually occurs either on the left or the right side of the brain. Such migraines will usually subside when the child reaches an age of about ten to twelve. However the child still experiences migraine after the age of twelve, it is best to seek medical attention to alleviate the pain.
Analgesic is one of the most common prescriptions to cure migraine in children. In some cases, doctors may prescribe sandomigran or a beta-blocker to alleviate the child's pain. It is advised that parents continue to express their care and concern on their children who are suffering from migraine, despite their feeling vexed due to their headache.