Headache Help for Your Child or Teen
How to manage headache in children: Nowadays – due to lockdowns and home isolation, lack of physical activities, the shutdown of schools, amusement parks, playing grounds, and public places – such as parks, gaming zones, and shopping malls – children are leading a sedentary life.
A majority of the children are not getting enough sleep. Children are going to bed late after midnight and are unable to fall asleep due to mobile phone addiction.
Lack of Sleep Triggers Headaches
To meet their sleep requirements – they are sleeping till late hours and waking up late and skipping breakfasts. Rather children are preferring brunch (eating their meals late in the late morning combining both breakfast and lunch).
This is the reality of today’s world of children. If your child has become prone to these habits – it’s up to you to bring him or her back into the previous healthy routine. If not, then your child will have to pay the price in the form of headaches and migraines.
Read more – Migraine in Children
Work out on these Lifestyle Measures
In the current scenario, as a parent, you must ensure the following measures to prevent and manage headaches and migraines in your child:
- Fix a sleeping and wake-up routine – no matter whatever may be the circumstances, your child must stick to his or her routine.
- Ensure that your child gets around 8 to 10 hours of quality sleep.
Make breakfast ready even before your child gets ready for it; your child should have it early in the morning.
Ensure to make your child involve in any physical activity for at least up to 20 to 30 minutes per day.
Ensure your Child is Drinking Enough Water
Let your drink water according to his or her bodily requirements and activities. Ensure that your child remains well hydrated throughout the day.
The best way to know whether your child is drinking enough water is to look at his or her urine. If it is clear, then your child is well hydrated (the child is drinking enough water).
Serve meals to your child at regular intervals.
Don’t let your child drink caffeinated beverages, energy drinks, sodas, tea, or coffee. Avoid all these foodstuffs at any cost.
Adhere to a Fixed Routine
Maintain a strict routine according to a fixed timetable. Your child must follow his or her activities in accordance with this routine. Ensure that everything that your child does is time-bound – school time, hobbies, and daily activities.
Children too get overwhelmed with stress. Train them on how to deal with stress. The best way is to teach them yoga, massage, and other relaxation techniques such as meditation and fun-filled plays. Make them write in a journal and counsel them.
This is just the beginning of our headache and migraine management guide for parents. We will cover the remaining headache and migraine management strategies in our coming articles on headache and migraine management in children.
Read More – Coming Shortly…
How to Manage Headache in Children: In part 2 of this article, we will discuss headache triggers and what are the ways to treat headaches without medicines.