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
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
- car sickness.
Headaches in children and teenagers can treated with natural, effective and harmless
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.