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Headache in children


Children also have headaches. From the age of five, children suffer tension headaches due to flu processes, and even migraines.

Causes of headache

Headache can appear in children from a few months of age, generally as a consequence of feverish and flu-like processes or triggered by some nervous tension. In fact, and although the headache is usually more frequent after five or six years of age, around 30% of children have had an episode before the age of seven. In addition, various studies reveal that, at 15 years of age, 80% of children and adolescents have suffered headaches, and of them, 5% of migraine origin.

Regarding the frequency of headaches, there are no clear differences by sex until puberty, a stage after which it is much more frequent in girls, especially when it is migraine in nature, in a proportion of three girls for every affected child. A recent study carried out in Washington, United States, among adolescents and young people between 12 and 17 years of age, showed that 56% of boys have had a headache in the last month, while in girls this same data amounted to 74%.

Let’s quickly recall the most notable differences between headache and migraine . By headache is understood any headache, by migraine we understand a very specific type of pain, with a clear hereditary component, characterized by intense throbbing pain, which generally affects one half of the head and is usually accompanied by nausea and vomiting, photophobia (discomfort before light sources) and phonophobia (discomfort in situations with sounds and noises that are otherwise considered normal). In children, this pain may appear after doing physical exercise, such as sports or games.

What steps can be taken?

The physiological aspects of headaches in childhood and adolescence, migraine in these stages of life, chronic headache in children and alterations in the quality of life of the migraine child are reason for multiple scientific meetings throughout the world. world, in which not only pediatricians, but also psychiatrists and neurologists meet, in order to be able to find a solution to this ailment, so frequent on the other hand and that in many cases does not have a specific known treatment.

In this sense, I have to tell you that headaches in childhood respond quite well to the normal analgesics known throughout the world, derived from paracetamol , and it is not usually necessary to resort to specific antimigraine drugs, as in the case of grown ups. It is also important to avoid some triggers of pain crises, such as stress and situations of nervous tension in children.

Anyway, remember that although it is true that children can also have headaches, the most frequent causes are usually feverish symptoms, such as angina and flu-like processes, so frequent in these ages.


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Hello Readers, I am Nikki Bella a Psychology student. I have always been concerned about human behavior and the mental processes that lead us to act and think the way we do. My collaboration as an editor in the psychology area of ​​Well Being Pole has allowed me to investigate further and expand my knowledge in the field of mental health; I have also acquired great knowledge about physical health and well-being, two fundamental bases that are directly related and are part of all mental health.

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