When it comes to the subject of the most common health problems among children and adolescents, headaches and migraines will almost always be right at the top of the list. This situation is just as bad in the developed countries as it is in the less developed ones. While a headache will almost never pose any life threatening dangers to the victims, it can be quite uncomfortable, distracting and something everyone would rather do without. That brings about the big question- what causes headaches among children?
First off, it is important to note that in most cases a headache is not usually the actual problem but is caused by a different problem somewhere else in your body. It is your body’s way of telling you that something somewhere is definitely not right. But even this, by itself, poses another problem because it implies that the causes of headaches could almost be as varied as the various health problems that can afflict them. This makes it difficult to pinpoint any exact factors that are actually responsible for causing the headaches and most people simply resort to treating the headache and not the problem. A more effective approach however is to categorize the main causes of headaches among kids into groups and these groups can be explained as follows:
A physical injury to the body, particularly in the upper part of the body, is one of the leading causes of headaches among younger children. For instance, if a child falls and hits his head on the ground, he is nearly 100% likely to get a headache as a direct result. The same goes for normal but traumatizing experiences such as losing a tooth.
Children are naturally very emotional and stressful or overly traumatizing episodes can leave them reeling physically and not just psychologically. This problem is usually manifested in the form of headaches.
Diseases and ailments
Children with brain tumors will always report experiencing headaches or severe migraines at some point in their lives. In addition, headaches are symptoms that characterize almost every disease that affects children from even things that are as negligible as colds and flu.
The treatment of headaches among the young ones should ideally begin by understanding the cause of the headaches and then treating that cause instead of going directly for the headache. If, for instance, painkillers are administered to ease the headache and the matter is left at that, there is a significant chance that the headache will recur and this time it might stay for longer or even transform into a migraine. That will then make it even harder to deal with than it was in the first place. That though is not to mean that painkillers should not be administered to children with headaches.