October 2nd, 2011
It’s the beginning of a new school year and with it parents should be aware that their children are at higher risk for developing headaches and migraines. As high as 35% of kids can suffer from some type of reoccurring headache, and up to a quarter of those headaches can be migraines.
Emotional issues, stress, and sleep issues can cause migraines in these children. As the number of attacks increase, depression and sleep disorders can escalate and caffeine consumption can worsen these problems.
Though over the counter medication can be used to try to help deal with the pain, care must be taken to make sure the use of the medications does not exceed one to two times a week. Rebound headaches can occur if use of these drugs is too frequent.
Make sure children are well rested, eating fruits and vegetables regularly, avoiding too much caffeine and staying well hydrated.
If your pediatrician does diagnose migraines that are occurring once a week or more, look into Migrelief, an all natural dietary supplement that can help balance cerebrovascular tone and reduce migraine frequency and intensity. It can be used with children as young as 2 years old. www.Migrelief.com
Curt Hendrix, M.S., C.C.N., C.N.S.
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