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Headaches have many possible causes. Most headaches are not a sign of a more serious problem, and they will get better on their own. Home treatment may help your child feel better soon.
If your child's headaches continue, get worse, or occur along with new symptoms, your child may need more testing and treatment. Watch for changes in your child's pain and other symptoms. These may be signs of a more serious problem.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
To prevent migraines and tension headaches in your child, try these tips.
This diary can help you find a link between your child's headaches and the things that trigger them. Help your child write down when each headache starts, how long it lasts, where it hurts, and what the pain is like. (Is it throbbing, aching, stabbing, or dull?)
Triggers are things that can cause your child to have headaches. Your child may be able to prevent headaches by avoiding the triggers.
Don't let your child's schedule get too busy or filled with stressful events.
Avoid drinks that have caffeine. Many popular soda drinks contain caffeine.
Help your child keep a regular sleep schedule. Most children need to sleep 8 to 10 hours each night.
But your child should exercise without overdoing it.
Provide regular, healthy meals.
Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your child or in your house.
Make sure that the level and amount of schoolwork is appropriate for your child.
Your child may need to take it even when they don't have a headache.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: December 13, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & John Pope MD - Pediatrics
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