A to Z Symptom: Headacheenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZSymptom-enHD-AR1.jpgHeadaches are common in kids and teens, and can have a wide range of causes. Most can be managed at home.headaches, head aches, headache, hedaches, head pain, migraines, migraine, migranes, migrane, tension, tension headaches, migraine headaches, aura, pain on one side of head, pain relievers01/13/201404/05/201909/02/2019a8a0cbeb-8f05-4191-b5a7-9ea0d61fea1fhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-symptoms-headache.html/<p>The most common types of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">headaches</a> in kids and teens are tension headaches and migraines.</p> <h3 id="a_More_to_Know">More to Know</h3> <h4>Causes</h4> <p>A headache&nbsp;can be brought on&nbsp;by many different&nbsp;things, like dehydration, hormonal changes, not getting enough&nbsp;sleep, strong smells, eye strain, stress, certain viral&nbsp;infections, or a bump to the head. Very rarely, headaches can be a sign of something serious.</p> <p><strong>Tension headaches</strong> are common in people of all ages. The pain they cause is often described as:</p> <ul> <li>constant pressure around the front and sides of the head, which can feel like a tight band around the head</li> <li>constricting</li> <li>dull</li> <li>aching</li> </ul> <p><strong><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-migraine.html/">Migraines</a></strong> are recurring headaches that cause intense throbbing pain, usually on one area of the head. They can be triggered by many things, such as <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dehydration.html/">dehydration</a>, stress, lack of food or sleep, or hormonal changes (in teenage girls). Avoiding triggers as much as possible can make migraines come less often.</p> <h4>Treatment</h4> <p>Migraines can come back again and again. Be sure to follow up with your doctor as directed to make a plan for controlling them.</p> <p>For both tension headaches and migraines, as soon as symptoms begin, try to:</p> <ul> <li>lie down in a quiet, dark room with a cool cloth on the forehead</li> <li>drink water</li> <li>take <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a>, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a>, or other medicine(s) as directed by a doctor</li> </ul> <h3 id="a_Keep_in_Mind">Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Most headaches can be managed with home care. But contact a doctor if headaches keep happening over a short period of time, occur once a month or more, don't go away easily, or are very painful.</p> <div id="khcontent"> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p> </div>
A to Z: MigraineA migraine is a recurring headache that often causes nausea, dizziness, and sensitivity to light, sound, or smell.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-migraine.html/515f2cbe-64cc-4131-a962-ee57f1f8c113
First Aid: HeadachesHeadaches are rarely a sign of something serious. Here's what to do if your child has a headache.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headaches-sheet.html/9c31e20b-5d91-4a74-adf7-d05ada5da9c2
Five Steps for Fighting StressEverybody gets stressed from time to time. This article for kids has some tips for you to try the next time you're stressed.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/5-steps.html/cec7860e-a94b-4871-9607-191ea44554ff
FluThe flu is a virus that can make you sick for a week or longer. Find out more in this article for kids.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/flu.html/526672bd-97aa-48f7-a785-4bb0842737b2
Flu FactsEvery year from October to May, millions of people across the United States come down with the flu. Get the facts on the flu - including how to feel better if you get it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/flu.html/acfdcf98-fcf2-42a4-85c2-9285c6192eec
HeadachesHeadaches affect kids as well as adults. Learn about common causes and when to talk to a doctor.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/a48118ac-752e-43d5-b56a-c1442988538c
How to Safely Give AcetaminophenWhat kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain and fever medicine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/4cddd8dd-341a-4de7-95bb-893a50372078
How to Safely Give IbuprofenWhat kind? How much? How often? Find out how to give this pain medicine.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/3aadb0cf-f275-44ed-8c13-819197d513e2
Is it Common to Get Migraines Before Your Period?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/menstrual-migraine.html/f5571a78-1f58-4aa1-82ad-28cb957ed29c
Migraine HeadachesIf you've ever had a migraine, you know that these headaches can cause severe pain and other symptoms. Read about migraine causes, treatments, prevention tips, and lots more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/migraines.html/70b47d42-2516-4e56-926a-99a5a7cc6e6d
StressStress happens when you are worried or uncomfortable about something. You may feel angry, frustrated, scared, or afraid. Our article for kids will help you manage stress.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/stress.html/5ac9d7d6-f2cb-4e04-b38d-dd809eeaa74f
Stress & Coping CenterVisit our stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/center/stress-center.html/31890be1-2161-48bf-9246-74d3be74d3b3
The Flu (Influenza)Flu symptoms tend to come on quickly and are worse than the sneezing and stuffiness of a cold. The flu is very contagious. Find out what to do in this article for parents. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/flu.html/dfdd8061-bafc-4f1f-97dd-884d29a5f6e3
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