Headaches in Children (cont.)
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Triggers are things that can cause your child to have headaches. Your child may be able to prevent headaches by avoiding the triggers.
Some things may trigger migraines or tension headaches, including:
Children may feel stress from schoolwork, sports, social events, a poor self-image, or problems with friends. These pressures can lead to headaches in some children. Talk to your child about what might be causing stress. You can help find ways to cope with the stress, which may help prevent the headaches.
Other migraine triggers include:
Other tension headache triggers include:
Keep a headache diary
Keeping a headache diary(What is a PDF document?) helps 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 (throbbing, aching, stabbing, or dull).
Write down any other symptoms your child has with the headache, such as nausea or being sensitive to bright light or noise. List anything you think might have triggered the headache.
Remember that it might take up to 24 hours for some triggers to cause a headache. Other triggers can lead to a headache right away.
Show the headache diary to your child's doctor at each visit. The doctor can help you and your child figure out what the triggers are. When you know your child's triggers, you can help your child avoid those things.
To prevent migraines and tension headaches:
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