Headaches in children

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Of course, our children`s diseases worry us more, than our own. A child, suffering from headache, as a rule has no proper life experience to realize what`s hapening to him

Of course, our children`s diseases worry us more, than our own. A
child, suffering from headache, as a rule has no proper life experience
to realize what`s hapening to him. Stereotype, existing in society,
increases misconception: they say, children cannot have chronic
headache - this is adults` “prerogative”.
On the other hand, there`s also so-called “pain” upbringing in a
family. While heightened attention to pain and illness in a family
(this often happens, if there`re ill relatives), frequent discussions
of this problem, child`s experience of some very painful episodes in
combination with emotional stress, a so-called “painful personality”
can be formed, which fears and bears no pain, even moderate one.
Another side of the problem - is usa of pain, and then disease in
general to attract other people`s attention. Look closely at “yours”:
do you notice?
In general, children start complaining of headaches since 4-5 years,
when a child already can perceive and describe his sensations of pain.  

Statistics affirms, that 36% of all girls and 29% of boys in the age from 7 to
16 years complain of headache.

Age peaks of children`s headache
-    7 years 

-    13-15 (pubescence period). By the way, before 13-15
years boys complain of chronic headache more often, but since 14 years
girls “leave them behind” and hold their leading positions here during
whole life.

“Post-vacations headache”
It`s interesting to note, that doctors, who investigate the problem of
headache in children, found out existence of so-caled “post-vacations
headache” long ago.  

Usually it resembles tension headache: tightening, squeezing head, like
vice, without clear localization or bringing heaviness in head. In such
cases you shouldn`t allow a child missing school lessons: you run risk
of paving the way for simulation… You need to explain a child that
this is not a disease, but a reaction of his organism to a switch from
rest to classes, and it will dissapear, when he gets used to studying

In this case correct day regimen, full-value sleep and outdoor games
are best medicines. It`s also necessary for a child to trust you, so
that you could find out in time possible emotional problems at school,
conflicts, which a child cannot solve by himself and which can provoke
Unfortunately, in majority of cases children usually suffer from
tension headache, like majority of us. And, no matter how sad it is,
these are family and school, which are to blame. Quarrels of parents
and excessive load at school - here are reasons of headache in

Signs, symptoms, differences and complications
Migraine has no mercy for babies. Cases of migraine in babies after 3
(!) years are fixed. But, unlike adults, migraine in babies, like
entire baby organism, is not formed yet, it has no certain clinical
picture “hemicephalalgia” - headache affecting one side of the head,
characteristic of migraine.  

It`s difficult for doctors to fix migraine in children, not only
because of children`s sensations of pain and their general attitude to
pain itself. The matter is, that migraine in children is often
accompanied by visceral sensations - tachycardia, reddening or
blanching of skin, increase of body temperature, giddiness, hiccup.

Taking into account the fact, that in 65% of migraine fits in children,
it is double-sided, combination of all symptoms makes doctors think
first of all about some infection, and often it takes long time to
determine right diagnosis.

Peculiarities of migraine in children
-    Fit is shorter: it lasts from 30 minutes to 5 hours.
-    There`s a special connection between migraine in
children and psychic sphere, what provokes development of various
emotional and conative disorders. Most often they are displayed through
dysorexia, abrupt fall of mood, motiveless “boredom” - a child does
nothing, nothing seems to be of interest for him. By the way, if a
child suffers from migraine, most likely, his mother or father also
suffer from it.
-    Combination of migraine and giddiness is typical
for children - a so-called basilar migraine, displaying through
headache, faints, giddiness and drowse.
-    Almost every fit of migraine is accompanied by
gastroenteric upsets. However, situation, when fit is proceeding
absolutely atypically, without headache, and migraine is displayed only
through pains in stomach, is also possible.
-    Migraine aura is observed in children much more often.
-    Pubescence is a special provoking factor for
migraine development, this is a period, when organism is re-forming
roughly in connection with pubescence beginning, that`s why parents
should pay special attention to children`s complaints of headache
during this period.
However, in general, prognosis while migraine in children is good. It
was determined, that 41% of children, who suffered from serious forma
of this disease, noticed no attacks of it during 16 years, and 35% - 6
years. But, unfortunately, by 30 years 60% of them still had migraine

Disturbing symptoms for children, who have a fixed migraine diagnosis
-    attacks became more frequent, and/or more serious and/or longer;
-    pain is not suppressed by “light” and “middle” pain relievers;
-    child`s behavior and character changed distinctly;
-    gained skills are lost and/or new ones are not gained
-    there`s no physical development growth;
-    stronger, than usual increase of head circle becomes evident.
All this should put any parent on his guard: sometimes it happens, that
serious brain-growths are displayed through nothing, but headache and
morning sickness for a long time. So be watchful. Moreover, you should
remember, that it`s necessary to find out and treat congenital vascular
pathology in children before development of serious complications, and
as a rule, it is also displayed through nothing serious for a long
time. So, headache in children - is a heavy ground to consult a doctor.

It is noticed, that children, disposed to migraine, hate “rough” physical loads,
and here dancing can help.  

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