Nancy VanderSluis, M.D.
Children, like adults, often suffer from mild acute or recurrent headache pain. Mild acute headaches occur occasionally and can result from a viral illness or a fever
Many children suffer from recurrent headaches caused by tension. The neck muscles become sore and tight, causing pain of the forehead, temples or back of head.
Tension headaches frequently occur from prolonged use of video games, computers or other sedentary activities that cause improper posture for an extended period. This type of headache can also be from poor vision with eye strain or a reaction to stress.
To ease pain caused by acute headaches, try the following remedies.
To reduce the pain of a tension headache, try the following tactics.
Mild acute headaches do not normally require medical attention.
Many headaches caused by illness come and go, but tension headaches recur and can last from a few hours to a day or longer. The causes for recurrent headaches are numerous, so if your child is experiencing recurrent headaches, he or she should be evaluated by a medical professional.
Call your child’s physician immediately if: