A tension headache is a headache caused by tense muscles in the scalp or neck. Muscle tension headaches are a common kind of headache. These headaches give a feeling of tightness around the head. The neck muscles also become sore and tight. Tension headaches can be caused by staying in one position for a long time, such as reading, playing video games or using a computer. Many children get tension headaches as a reaction to stresses (such as pressure for better grades or family conflicts).
Muscle tension headaches usually last from a few hours to a day and tend to return.
If your child has been checked by your healthcare provider and has muscle tension headaches, try the following to help ease the pain:
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