Children, as with the elderly, can also have tension-related headaches
Children can also have tension headaches and it is a pain that they feel as if their head is being squeezed with a narrow band. It is a common type of pain and is often experienced by teens, although children can experience it too. Genetics may influence headaches in children, so if you usually have sore head , maybe your children are more likely to experience them too.
SYMPTOMS OF A TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE IN CHILDREN
It can be difficult to tell the difference between a tension-type headache and a migraine in children. In a tension-type headache, your child may have:
- Pain on both sides of the head, anywhere on the head (although some children experience tension-type headaches on one side of the head)
- Pain that is often described as a band, dull, squeezing, or aching
- Mild to moderate pain, more sensitivity of the head
- Tight muscles in the neck and shoulders.
- Trouble concentrating
- Increased sensitivity to light or noise, but not both at the same time
- Trouble sleeping or waking up earlier than usual
In addition, a tension-type headache can last from 30 minutes to a full week, although there is a lot of variability depending on each case. On the other hand, when children suffer from migraines, it is a throbbing pain, and more intense than the tension-type headache that usually worsens with physical activity.
There are certain factors that can trigger headaches in children and it is necessary to know them to be able to recognize them as soon as possible. When a child suffers from tension-type headaches, individual headache episodes can be triggered by several things in the child’s life . Triggers will vary from child to child, and can include:
- An irregular sleep schedule or not getting enough sleep
- Stress or tension at home or at school
- Problems with oneself
- Being present in front of people who smoke
- Death or separation from a loved one
Tension-type headaches in children are often associated with higher levels of body fat and bullying they may experience at school. In addition, headaches are also associated with children having learning difficulties as well as hyperactivity, emotion, behavior and relationships with other children.
TREATING TENSION-TYPE HEADACHES IN CHILDREN
This type of headache can be lessened by taking a hot bath , relaxing, putting an ice pack on your head, taking a nap … although it doesn’t always work in all cases. If these strategies do not work, it is best to see a doctor so that he can prescribe medications that are appropriate to the level of tension pain that your child may have at this time.
If your child often has headaches often, then it is more than possible that the pediatrician will prescribe medications to prevent them from occurring and thus improve their quality of life. To have the best preventive therapy it will be necessary to have a medical supervision of six months and a headache diary.
Tension-type headaches can be easily relieved and avoided with good routines, sleep hygiene , maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, minimizing stress, and being well hydrated all the time. It is important that you go to your child’s pediatrician for guidance on how to control your child’s headaches. If you see that the headaches increase, are frequent, intense or are felt in different parts of the head, then it will be necessary to see a doctor, especially if it is also related to an injury, fever or stiff neck.
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