Headaches in Children
Some of the many potential headache triggers include:
- certain medications (headaches are a potential side effect of some)
- too little sleep or sudden changes in sleep patterns
- Depending on their age, children need 10-11 hours of sleep every night. Make sure they are going to bed early enough to get the sleep that they need.
- skipping meals
- Be sure they are eating enough protein and vegetables every 2-4 hours
- becoming dehydrated
Add soups and herbal teas to their diet
- being under a lot of stress
Check in with how they are feeling, notice if they are worried or anxious about anything
- having a minor head injury
Have they had an accident recently?
- using the computer or watching TV for a long time
- Make sure that your child plays outside every day. Limit screen time.
This includes TV, computor, phone or any kind of electrical device.
- vision problems
Be sure to have your child's vision checked by a professional
experiencing changes in hormone levels
- taking a long trip in a car or bus
- listening to really loud music
smelling strong odors such as perfume, smoke, fumes, or a new car or carpet
- Have you purchased anything new that your child may be reacting to?
- drinking or eating too much caffeine (In soda, coffee, tea, and chocolate)
- consuming foods with MSG (such as alcohol, cheese, nuts, pizza, chocolate, ice cream, fatty or fried food, lunchmeats, hot dogs, yogurt, aspartame, or anything with the food additive MSG)
**Be sure to give your child fresh fruits and vegetables at least 3x/day**
For more information about Holistic Pediatrics, contact Dr. Sally Sherriff 320 River Street, Santa Cruz, California (831) 295-6327.