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Headache

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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A headache is pain felt within the head. There are many different causes for headache, but most headaches are not serious. However, if your child has other symptoms, or has recently sustained head injury and is complaining of headache, seek urgent medical help. Some causes of headache in children and teenagers include:

  • Tension headache: These are caused by tension in the muscles of the head and neck. They can be brought on by stress.
  • Migraines: A migraine is a very painful headache that occurs when a vessel inside the brain swells.
  • Infection: Infections such as colds are a common cause of headaches.
  • Meningitis: an infection of the neurological system, can also cause headache.
  • Other causes: These include dehydration, depression, head injury and other infections.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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