Fall is the season of back to school and also the season when children’s headaches are on the rise. Health Briefs TV explains why headaches are more common now than any other time of year, and how to reduce them.
Academic stress and different bedtimes can ramp up headaches in children. As the school year starts and kids learn what is expected of them throughout the school year, tension creeps in and produces headaches. Older children who stay up too late studying are prone to heads throbbing and insomnia. Younger children now going to bed earlier may also find their heads hurt.
Other headache contributors are after-school activities, skipping meals and not drinking enough fluids. Lack of exercise and too much screen time can increase the likelihood of headaches and migraines.
The Health Briefs TV show learns that the National Headache Foundation reports 10.3 million school-age children are prone to headaches. Roughly 15 percent of the headaches are from tension and five percent are migraines. A migraine can be accompanied with nausea, vomiting, and with sensitivity to light and noise. Tension headaches usually stem from stress, anxiety or fatigue.
Here’s how to reduce the occurrence of a headache:
- Eat three balanced meals per day
- Drink enough fluids but avoid caffeine or athletic drinks
- Implement ways to reduce stress in a child’s day
- Be sure kids get enough rest: nine to 11 hours per night for kids aged 6 to 13. Eight to 10 hours for older children.