HEADACHE IN SCHOOL CHILDREN
Headache is pain in any region of the head. Headaches may occur on one or both sides of the head, be isolated to a certain location, radiate across the head from one point, or have a viselike quality. A headache may appear as a sharp pain, a throbbing sensation or a dull ache.
Headaches are very common in school-aged kids, with about 20 per cent of those aged between five and 17 being prone to headaches. They’re usually not serious but can be quite distressing, and as a parent it can be hard to know what’s causing them and when to worry.
TYPES & CAUSES
The main causes of headaches in kids are:
THE COMMON TRIGGERS FOR MIGRAINE INCLUDE:
Constitutional treatment is recommended for recurrent headaches caused by stress, anxiety, or tension. However, if you know or suspect that a headache is a symptom of another condition acute remedies can be prescribed depending on the case.
Some common medicines for headache in children are listed below:
Aconite: Headache comes on suddenly, feels worse in cold or draughty surroundings, person apprehensive, headache feels like a tight band around head or as if brains are being forced out of head.
Apis: Stinging, stabbing or burning headache, rest of body feels bruised and tender, symptoms worse in hot, stuffy surroundings
Belladonna: Throbbing, drumming headache, flushed face, dilated pupils, distinctly worse in hot sun.
Bryonia: Head feels bruised, sharp, stabbing pain made worse by slightest eye movement.
Gelsemium: Head feels full and swollen, face purple and congested-looking, expression dull and heavy, dilated pupils, limbs weak and shaky.
Glonoinum: Violent headache in which every heartbeat sets up an answering thump and throbbing in the head, made worse by stooping or shaking head.
Nux vomica: Child often irritable, prone to dull, dizzy, bruising headaches which are rather like being beaten around the head, worse first thing in the morning but better when
person gets up.
Mag phos: Headache begins in occiput and extends over head of school girls; face red, flushed from mental exertion or hard study.
Natrum muriaticum: Throbbing, blinding headache, warmth and moving around make headache worse, head feels overstuffed and congested, attack preceded by numbness and tingling in lips, nose, and tongue. Anaemic headache in school girls. Chronic headache, semi lateral and congestive from sunrise to sunset. Eyes feel bruised with headache in school children.
Pulsatilla: Headache worse in evening or during a period, aggravated by rich, fatty food, head feels as if it is about to burst, person easily bursts into tears.
Silicea: Pain starts at back of head, then shifts and settles above one eye, aggravated by cold, alleviated by wrapping head up warmly and tightly, person prone to head sweats.