Don’t ignore your kid’s headaches – via

Migraines have a considerable effect on a child’s development, often leading to missed school days, educational delays, and decreased socialization.

Pediatric Neurologist Dr. Ryan Williams of the Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia, says parents should never ignore a child’s complaint about headaches.
Studies have shown that 8 to 23 percent of children between 11 and 15 years old have experienced a migraine headache.  Children as young as 3 have been reported with headaches that meet the migraine criteria. The percentage rises with age, with boys having more headaches pre-puberty, and girls having the higher incidence during and after puberty.  A headache could mean something as simple as a child’s life is out of balance. For children with frequent attacks some lifestyle changes may be necessary.
Dr. Williams says parents should be a detective and search for triggers such as poor diet (missing breakfast and/or lunch), not sleeping enough, not exercising, stress, and eating certain foods such as: cheese, chocolates, nuts, caffeine, MSG, pickles.
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