HEADACHE in Children and Boys NATURAL CARE
Headache or migraine is a very common symptom, even in children. Below we see both the natural cures for headaches in children and young people and headaches types
Migraine is most common neurological disease among children and in Italy affects about 10 children out of 100. About 25% of children report had at least one episode of headache during year. There are different types of headache: distinction to be made is between primary and secondary headaches. The first are related to genetic predisposition, while in the second headache is symptom of a disease to identify and treat.
Primary headaches of pediatric age are:
- migraine, with and without aura;
- tension headache;
- cluster headache (very rare in childhood).
Migraine is the most frequent primary headache in children, at least until adolescence.
Young child experiences symptoms defined as migraine equivalents which include: - cyclic vomiting; - recurrent abdominal pain; benign paroxysmal dizziness; paroxysmal stiff neck; recurring pain in lower limbs (commonly known as "growing pains"); car sickness.
Older child, on the other hand, has a dominant headache, generally of medium-strong intensity, sometimes even of short duration (even 5-10 minutes). In some cases the pain affects half of head and is throbbing: children often say they feel heart in head. There may also be accompanying symptoms, such as: - discomfort with light (photophobia); annoyance with noise (phonophobia); - discomfort due to odors (osmophobia); and, again, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and paleness.
In migraine with aura, headache is preceded or accompanied by neurological symptoms:
- vision disturbance (vision of lights, blurred vision, transient loss of visual field part);
- pins and needles and decreased sensitivity of one limb or half of body;
- difficulty moving a limb or half of body;
- speech disorder.
Tension headache mostly affects in adolescent period: pain is generally of medium-mild intensity, bilateral and constricting, like a vise.
Cluster headache is a third type of primary headache, rare in pediatric age: manifests itself with extremely intense pain, lasting about 30 minutes, affecting an orbital region. It's often associated with nausea, vomiting, phonophobia and photophobia, intense lacrimation, conjunctival redness, nasal obstruction. In these children pain repeated regularly every day, at the same time (especially at night), for a period varying between 15 and 30 days. Main complication linked to headache in pediatric age is possible chronicity. Like in adults, its due to excess emission of neuromediators (CGRP, substance P) from mast cells. Headaches in children and teenagers can treated with natural, effective and harmless cures.
Secondary headaches may be due to:
- sinusitis, from age of 8;
- infections of upper respiratory tract (flu syndromes, pharyngitis, rhinitis, etc.);
- meningo-encephalitic inflammatory pathologies;
- brain tumors (rare in children). Therapy should be directed towards the cause of headache (for example, drug treatment for sinusitis).
In case of primary headaches, drugs are generally not recommended for children and prescribed only in the most severe cases. But natural remedies for headaches in children are very effective in treating and preventing migraine.
Then, a natural cure for headaches of children and young people is advisable and necessary, since there are herbal products such as Rhodiola rosea and vitis vinifera. They have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, trophic action on blood vessel wall. There are also organic natural substances, such as flavoproteins and coenzymes. They contribute effectively and harmlessly to restoration of mast cell metabolism and normalization of neurotransmitter production.