First Aid: Headachesenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-FA-Headaches-enHD.jpgHeadaches are rarely a sign of something serious. Here's what to do if your child has a headache.headaches, how often should my children get headaches, causes, stress, symptoms, nausea, decreased alertness, visual changes, tingling sensations, weakness, fevers, side effects, medications, migraines, dental caries, ear infections, sinusitis, tension headaches, muscle contractions, migraine variants, paroxysmal vertigo, aura, diagnoses, treatments, neurologists, brains, tylenol, keeping headache diaries, sleep patterns, chronic pain, foods to avoid, chocolates, nuts, cheeses, monosodium glutamate seasoning, caffeine, nervous systems, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, neurology, CD1Headache, CD1Neurology10/20/200909/17/201909/17/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/01/20189c31e20b-5d91-4a74-adf7-d05ada5da9c2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headaches-sheet.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/first-aid-guides.html/"><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="https://kidshealth.org/EN/images/buttons/P-firstaid-enBT.jpg" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/headache.html/">Headaches</a> usually are brief and can be caused by many things, including too little sleep, eye strain, stress, sinus infections, or a bump to the head. Some headaches last longer and come with other symptoms. Very rarely, headaches can be a sign of something serious.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <p>The two most common types of headaches in kids and teens are tension headaches and migraine headaches.</p> <h4>Signs of a tension headache:</h4> <ul> <li>a feeling of squeezing or pressure around the front, sides, and back of the head</li> <li>dull, steady pain</li> <li>pain is not made worse by activity</li> <li>no nausea or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vomit.html/">vomiting</a></li> <li>muscles of the scalp, face, neck, and shoulders may be sore to the touch</li> </ul> <h4>Signs of a migraine headache:</h4> <ul> <li>pounding, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head</li> <li>pain is worsened by rapid motion</li> <li>dizziness, feeling tired</li> <li>nausea, vomiting, <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/stomachaches-sheet.html/">belly pain</a></li> <li>seeing spots or halos</li> <li>sensitivity to light, noise, and/or smells</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <p>Most headaches respond to home care. To help ease pain, have your child:</p> <ul> <li>lie down in a dark, quiet room</li> <li>drink liquids</li> <li>take <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/acetaminophen.html/">acetaminophen</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/ibuprofen.html/">ibuprofen</a> as needed</li> <li>put a cool, moist cloth across the forehead or eyes</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if the Headaches:</h3> <ul> <li>happen once a month or more</li> <li>don't go away easily</li> <li>are more painful than usual</li> <li>prevent your child from participating in everyday activities</li> <li>follow a <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/head-injury.html/">head injury</a> or <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fainting-sheet.html/">loss of consciousness</a></li> <li>come with any of these symptoms: <ul> <li>decreased alertness or confusion</li> <li>fever or lasting vomiting</li> <li>changes in vision</li> <li>weakness</li> <li>skin rash</li> <li>neck pain or stiffness</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Some types of headaches can be prevented by avoiding certain things that can cause them, such as getting too little <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep.html/">sleep</a>, some medicines, not drinking enough liquids, and using the computer or watching TV for a long time.</p>
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