Headache in CHILDREN: 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.

 

           What are the Kinds of HEADACHE in Children 

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.

Headaches in children and teenagers can treated with natural, effective and harmless

cures.

 

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 ymptoms, like:

                  - discomfort with light (photophobia);

                  - annoyance with noise (phonophobia);

                  - discomfort due to odors (osmophobia);

                  - 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);
  • - tingling 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. But migraines and headaches in children and

teens can be healed with natural remedies.

 

       HOW it is treated the HEADACHE of Children in a TRADITIONAL way

Like in adults, its due to excess emission of neuromediators (CGRP, substance P) from mast cells.

Main complication linked to headache in pediatric age is possible chronicity.

 

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.

 

       WHAT are the NATURAL TREATMENTS for the HEADACHE of Children  

Then, a natural cure for headaches of children and young people is advisable and

necessary, since there are herbal products like Rhodiola rosea and vitis vinifera.

They have an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet, trophic action on blood vessel wall.

   There are also natural substances, such as flavoproteins and coenzymes. They contribute

effectively and harmlessly to restoration of neurotransmitter production and the reinstatement

of the immune sistem.