Children's Headaches

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Childrens headaches are probably underreported, yet youve certainly heard your child complaining about having one. The big question is when to be concerned about your childs headaches. Dr. Edward Hill gives some advice on this subject in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

In general, children suffer from the same types of headaches that plague adults. An infection or even medications can cause a headache.

There are many other potential causes for headaches as well. In young children, dental problems, ear infections and sinusitis can all cause pain that is described as a headache. Children also can suffer from migraine and tension-type headaches, commonly called tension or muscle contraction headaches.

Most simple headaches will resolve at home with little medical intervention. Home remedies include having the child lie down in a cool, dark room and giving the child an acetaminophen product.

Two of the more common headache diagnoses made are those of migraine and tension headaches. If your child is diagnosed with migraines, his or her doctor will help identify the things that trigger the headaches and explain to your child how to avoid them. In some cases, the doctor may also prescribe a drug that contains an analgesic, a mild sedative, and a mild vasoconstrictive agent.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.